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30 November 2016

Community Trust provides free football and sports coaching each week across eight areas in Wigan

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Kicks project provides free football and sports coaching to hundreds of young people a week in eight different areas across Wigan. 

Kicks sessions are entirely free, and the scheme enables youngsters across Wigan to find routes into education, training, employment and volunteering opportunities with the Trust.

Tom Drake, Community Cohesion Co-ordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, has played a massive part in the success of Kicks in Wigan, so to celebrate the club’s ‘Together’ week we spoke to him to find out about the impact the programme has had on youngsters in the local community. 

He said: “The Kicks project has proven popular since we launched it in October. We’re about 70% towards our target after just two months of delivery, with our aim being to work with over 1,000 young people. We run 16 sessions a week across Wigan and it’s been received really well.

“We’ve worked with Kick It Out for a number of years to deliver workshops around equality and diversity, and regularly deliver sessions around homophobia, respect, bullying and health at our Kicks sessions. 

“To celebrate our ‘Together’ week and Saturday afternoon’s Kick It Out game against Derby, we’ve invited Derby’s Kicks project to the DW Stadium for a five-a-side fixture on the pitch, so we’re really looking forward to welcoming them to Wigan.

“We’ll also be launching our Youth Forum Group at Saturday’s game, which is made up of Kicks participants from across our borough. They will help us massively because they’ll direct us in how we’re going to run the project, so we’ll gain their intelligence on how they want sessions delivered.”

Kicks is funded by the Premier League and supported locally by Wigan and Leigh Homes. For more information about the project please contact Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Tom Drake on 01942 488530 or e-mail

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’. 

For more information about ‘Together’, please click here

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