Wigan Athletic Community Trust deliver the Kicks project at eight different locations across the borough
As part of the Club’s ‘Together’ programme of activities before last Saturday’s home game against Derby County, Wigan Athletic Community Trust invited a group of young people to the DW Stadium to talk about the issues that matter most to them and their friends in Wigan.
The youngsters were all aged between 12 and 18 and are members of the Trust’s Kicks project, which provides football and sports opportunities for young people in Wigan two nights a week, 48 weeks of the year in eight different locations across the borough.
Amongst those things discussed were: what activities should be on offer to young people, what are the barriers facing young people in attending sessions and how should the Trust market activities to participants.
Before kick-off they also got the chance to meet first team star Reece Burke, who presented them with their certificates from a football activators course they had recently completed.
Tom Drake, Community Cohesion Co-ordinator for Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The young people on our Kicks sessions are very important to us. Their views will change the way we deliver sessions to ensure that young people are at the heart of the activity.
“Saturday’s launch was a real success, as we discussed topics such as barriers to participating in Kicks, employment progression, session structure and the promotion of sessions, all of which we’ll implement into our delivery moving forward.”
Kicks is funded by the Premier League and supported locally by Wigan and Leigh Homes. For more information about the project please call Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Tom Drake on 01942 488530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org