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21 December 2016

Wigan Athletic the first club from the North West to be invited by the FA to St George's Park

It was a memorable day for Wigan Athletic Community Trust on Monday as they became the first professional football club from the North West to be invited by the Football Association to its home at St George’s Park in Burton upon Trent. 

A total of 37 members of staff visited the world-class facility in Staffordshire for a training day with Chris Brammall, the Football Association’s PE co-ordinator for the North West, who hosted a workshop involving behaviour management and differentiation within sports sessions. 

Staff were then tasked with delivering the theory based work into a practical session on the full size 4G David Beckham Pitch, which saw four groups deliver different activities before evaluating the success of their sessions. 

Chris Bramall said: “Wigan Athletic are the first club we’ve invited to St George’s Park for such a day, and it was a real pleasure to have them. We structured a day involving behaviour management and differentiation in sessions, so concentrated on the theory side of the work in the morning before putting it in to practice in the afternoon by delivering sessions on the 4G pitch. 

He added: “One of the things we wanted to do was to tailor the training around the different job roles the staff had at Wigan, so we focused on school holiday delivery, after school delivery and curriculum time PE delivery to really bring those three contexts to life.”

St George’s Park is a £105m facility, set in 330-acres of Staffordshire countryside, and is home to England’s 24 national teams. The facility provides facilities for all England teams, and boasts 13 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface, a full-size indoor 3G pitch, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas and an indoor Futsal Hall. 

The facility is also the home of FA Education and delivers all FA national coach education courses. The range of courses, covering a variety of disciplines, helps to communicate the England DNA philosophy, which outlines a vision for the future of England teams and its players.

Gareth Nolan, Schools Services Manager at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We wanted to focus on behaviour management and differentiation so that our staff could then use these skills at sessions such as Kicks, after school clubs or on soccer camps. It was a great experience to share ideas with Chris, and it’s important now that our staff implement the work into their delivery.”

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