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13 January 2016

Community Trust coaches and volunteers clean up playing fields at Hag Fold for Kicks sessions.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust coaches and volunteers helped clean up the Dorset Road Multi Use Games Area at Hag Fold last week, after broken glass on the pitches meant that Latics Kicks sessions were unable to take place in the area due to safety.

Players who join in with the Latics Kicks sessions at Hag Fold volunteered at the clean up alongside Elaine Crook from Wigan and Leigh Homes, who support the Latics Kicks programme.

Jon Green, the Kicks coach for Hag Fold, said: “It’s been really disappointing for the youngsters who wanted to play at the Kicks sessions over the last few weeks, as the glass meant it was just too dangerous for us to play football.

“When we came back the second week and the glass was still there, we decided to ask volunteers to come down and help us to clean up the area so that we could get the sessions back up and running as soon as possible.

“It was great to see some of the Kicks players joining in the clean up with our coaches and Elaine from Wigan and Leigh Homes. We got the whole area clear of broken glass and did a litter pick around the fields too to make them clean and safe again and the sessions have resumed in the area, which is brilliant!”

200 12-19 year olds joined in with the sessions at Hag Fold last year and sessions currently run at Dorset Road Community Centre, Dorset Road, Hag Fold, M46 9NR, on Monday and Friday evenings from 6.00pm – 7.30pm.

Latics Kicks is a football and sports programme for 12-19 year olds that runs across Wigan throughout the week, providing 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 Latics Kicks, please contact Tom Drake, project co-ordinator, on 01942 488 530 or email

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