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11 July 2016

Royal finds out more about opportunities for young people of Wigan.

Wigan Youth Zone received a special, royal visit last week, as Prince Harry attended the Zone to find out more about the opportunities being provided for the young people of Wigan, including the sports provisions that Wigan Athletic Community Trust offer as part of their partnership with the Youth Zone.

Since the Youth Zone opened in 2013, Wigan Athletic Community Trust coaches have provided ongoing evening football and sports coaching for a variety of ages and abilities, organised competitions and tournaments where members have had the chance to represent Wigan Athletic and helped young people and volunteers to gain sports qualifications through their various programmes.

Last year alone, 824 young people took part in 900 hours of through the football project at Wigan Youth Zone, with five new football teams, including an under-14s girls side, being created.

The football and sport sessions provided by Wigan Athletic Community Trust are available thanks to support and funding from the Premier League and the PFA.

Tom Flower, Head of Community, said: “Our partnership with Wigan Youth Zone has enabled us to make Wigan Athletic part of the everyday life of young people who take part in activities there.

“Investment from the Premier League has enabled us to help 100’s of young people play football and also try other sports such as basketball, athletics and table tennis though the Premier League 4 Sport scheme.”

To find out more about the sports opportunities provided at Wigan Youth Zone, please contact Dave Philps on 01942 488 530 or by emailing

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