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OVER 200 YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN PART IN KICKS SINCE IT STARTED IN OCTOBER

8 November 2016

Wigan Athletic Community Trust coaches have so far delivered 20 hours of Kicks coaching since October

Over 200 young people between the ages of 8-19 have taken part in the Kicks Project at Wigan Youth Zone since it started in October 2016. Sessions take place for young people across the borough from 6-8pm on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. 

The Kicks project is a sports participation programme aimed at males and females aged 8-19, and has been delivered by Wigan Athletic Community Trust since 2007. In 2015/16, the Kicks project operated two to three nights a week for 40 weeks of the year, and worked with 1162 young people. 

Funded nationally by the Premier League and supported locally by Wigan and Leigh Homes, the project is designed to increase sports participation and divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and youth crime and into positive constructive activities.

Dave Philp, Wigan Youth Zone Football Officer, said: “The Kicks project really has brought a lot more young people to the facility, and has allowed those who may not have had the opportunity to play football in recent years to get involved again, which is great to see. 

He added: “The Saturday night sessions have proved hugely popular with the young people of Wigan, as organised football is very rare on such an evening, especially something as fun and accessible as Kicks is.”

Coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust have so far delivered over 20 hours of Kicks coaching at Wigan Youth Zone since October, with a number of young people from the local community improving their footballing skills in a fun and safe environment. 

If you are interested in attending a Kicks session, simply come along to Wigan Youth Zone on a Wednesday or Saturday evening and join in with the fun! Membership costs just £5 for the year and then 50p to come in each time after that.

For more information, please contact t.drake@wiganathletic.com 

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