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20 January 2016

Coalfields Regeneration Trust provide £19,498 funding for football and disability sport programmes.

The football and disability sports programmes that Wigan Athletic Community Trust run in partnership with Coalfields Regeneration Trust enabled over 200 young people to get involved with sport last year, as well as providing them with the chance to represent Wigan Athletic in national tournaments.

Last Saturday at Wigan Athletic's 3-1 win over Chesterfield, Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) at Coalfield Regeneration Trust, presented the Community Trust with a cheque for £19,498 to fund the Trust’s Game On football and disability sports programmes.

Game On football and Latics 4 All multi-sports disability sessions are provided throughout the week to 12-19 year olds in several areas across Wigan.

Most recently, Worsley Mesnes has been added as a new location within Wigan to run the Game On football programme, providing three nights of sports coaching every week throughout the year.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust hosts a Home International Tournament every year for the clubs that run the Game On football programme and players representing Wigan Athletic have been the regional winners of the competition for the past three years, as well as winning the national competition in 2013.

Nathan Randell, one of the players who played in the 2014 tournament, where Wigan Athletic were national runners up, went on to sign for Wigan Athletic Under 18s as a scholar at the start of the 2015-16 season.

Latics 4 All multi-sports sessions for young people with disabilities were introduced in October 2015, with 60 youngsters joining in with the sessions so far, providing opportunities to play football, basketball and badminton, which in turn develops the confidence of those who take part when playing a variety of sports.

Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock, said: “We are pleased to show our support for this programme of activity. 

“Game On has been a real success and extending this activity with the introduction of Latics 4 All multi-sports makes perfect sense. 

“We are really looking forward to hearing about the positive impact that this has had on those who engage with the programmes. 

“It’s great to see an initiative like Game On evolve in this way and we hope other areas will use Wigan as a model for best practice.” 

Tom Flower said: “We are very proud of the partnership that we hold with Coalfields Regeneration Trust, which provides youngsters across Wigan with fantastic opportunities to play football and to represent their club at a regional and national level.”

Game On football sessions take place at the following times and locations:

St Jude’s Rugby Club, Keats Avenue, Wigan, WN3 5UB – Mondays 6.00pm – 8.00pm and Fridays 7.00pm – 8.00pm
Soccerdome, Stadium Way, Wigan, WN5 0UN – Tuesdays 5.00pm – 6.30pm

To find out more about the Latics 4 All multi-sports disability sessions, please contact Joe Pym on 01942 488 530 or email

To find out more about the Game On football programme, please contact Tom Drake on 01942 488 530 or email

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