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COMMUNITY TRUST RECEIVE FUNDING FROM POLICE

14 March 2016

£22,000 granted to Trust for Let's Get Active project.

Money seized from criminals has been awarded to Wigan Athletic Community Trust and Skelmersdale Action for Youth by Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw.

The £22,000 that has been awarded to the Trust will go towards the Let’s Get Active project, which offers young people from Skelmersdale the opportunity to take part in football and sports free of charge in a supervised and safe environment.

The project will work to engage with the hardest to reach young people in an effort to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour, by offering them a chance to take part in positive and constructive activities.

Wes Partington, Sports and Cohesion Manager for Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to be able to continue the football and multi-sport sessions in Skelmersdale for another year thanks to the Lancashire Crime Commissioner. The project will continue to meet the needs of young people by providing sports opportunities right on their doorstep.”

Wigan Athletic Community Trust is among 15 groups to benefit from almost £500,000 that was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and is being used to support a wide range of projects across the county.

Commissioner Grunshaw said: "I’m really pleased to have had the chance to meet some of the people who will be putting this money to good use right across Lancashire.

"I think the best way to use this money is to put it back into the community at grass roots levels, to those organisations who are helping vulnerable young people, reducing crime or providing support for victims in line with my Police and Crime Plan.

"I was amazed by the quality of the submissions we received and I'm delighted so many excellent projects will benefit from this money.” 

For more details about the Let’s Get Active project, please contact Wes Partington on 01942 488 530 or email w.partington@wiganathletic.com.

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