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7 March 2016

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Pathway 2 Participation Project to receive new grant.

A project organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust to help young people in Wigan access more sport, leisure, arts and educational activities has been awarded a grant of £401,792 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities scheme.

Pathway 2 Participation is a partnership between the Community Trust, Wigan Youth Zone and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles that provides a mentoring service to 12 – 19 year olds to enable them to take part in activities designed to improve their health and well-being, while also raising their aspirations and ambitions.

Since the scheme began in April 2015 over 100 young people have benefited from one to one support through the programme, which is also supported by Wigan Council’s Community Investment Fund.

The new grant will extend the ground breaking project for another three years and also provide more volunteering and training opportunities for young people and free sports activities across Wigan for 8- 12 year olds.

Head of Community, Tom Flower said: “This is incredibly exciting for the Trust as it’s the largest single grant we have ever received, so we are very grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for awarding us the grant.

“We’re also grateful to our project partners Wigan Youth Zone, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and Wigan Council for their hard work and support over the last 12 months, which has made the grant possible.

“But the most important thing is that this investment will enable us to help hundreds of young people in Wigan to fulfil their potential whether it’s through sport, education or arts activities.”

The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. 

They are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 

Since June 2004 they have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

For more information about the Pathway 2 Participation scheme please contact Project Co-ordinator Dave Coppin at Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or e-mail

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