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LATICS KICKS TACKLE HOMOPHOBIA

17 February 2016

Latics Kicks players join in Football v Homophobia workshop.

  • Football v Homophobia workshop at Wigan Youth Zone.
  • Wigan Athletic and Oldham Athletic Kicks join in.
  • Members of BYou share details of first ever Wigan Pride Festival.

Young people from Wigan Athletic and Oldham Athletic Community Trusts’ Kicks programmes joined in with a Football v Homophobia workshop at Wigan Youth Zone last weekend, as part of Wigan Athletic’s support for Football v Homophobia’s Month of Action this February.

Football v Homophobia is a campaign tackling homophobia and prejudice against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in football, aiming to make football safe and welcoming for everyone.

Saturday’s workshop saw young people from both Kicks programmes come together to learn more about the work Football v Homophobia do, ahead of playing their fixture in the North West Kicks league at Wigan Youth Zone.

Oldham Athletic won the Kicks fixture 9-2 and both teams then went to the DW Stadium to watch the 0-0 draw between Wigan Athletic and Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Connor Banks, a 16-year-old player from the Kicks programme, said: “It’s been quite an eye opening session, especially for some of the players in the room who are straight and may not have known as much as they did about the LGBT community.”

Members from Wigan’s BYou project joined in with the workshop; BYou is a support project for young people living in Wigan and Leigh who are LGBT and members of the project are organising Wigan’s first ever Pride Festival later this year.

Elaine Davies, a co-ordinator on the BYou project, said: “I think this initiative, to involve the youngsters with a Football v Homophobia workshop, is brilliant. 

“Football v Homophobia is so important in helping us to break down those barriers that many LGBT both young and old face. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for the young people here, they’re having fun while also learning about diversity within their communities.”

Latics Kicks is a football and sports programme for 12-19 year olds that runs across Wigan throughout the week, providing free coaching and playing opportunities with support from the Premier League and Sport England, as well as Wigan and Leigh Homes.

To find out more about the Latics Kicks programme, please contact project co-ordinator Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email t.drake@wiganathletic.com.

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