Latics’ players lend a helping hand at Wigan Athletic Community Trust course.
- Adam Le Fondre and David Perkins were helping out at the Wigan Youth Zone on Tuesday.
- Train with Latics is a coach development course ran with the support of the Youth Zone and Pro Co.
- David Perkins: “It’s great to see the young coaches developing.”
The pair, who also played together at Rochdale earlier in their career, took part in a session ran by one of the young coaches, who was under assessment from Education Officer Liam Sealey, as the Trust continues to offer opportunities to young people in the form of coaching as well as general activity.
The players met the new intake of coaches on the Train with Latics course. Train with Latics is a Level 2 study group with 12 learners currently enrolled. They are working towards a Level 2 certificate in the principles of coaching and an FA Level 1 coaching badge.
Learners also get the opportunity to coach their peers regularly at Wigan Youth Zone and will be going into primary schools coaching after October half term as part of their development.
Speaking about the event, Liam said:
“Today’s session was a good opportunity for the young coaches to meet some of the first team players from the football club.
“This course is part of our Level 2 programme and is the first stage on our coaching pathway up to employment.
“It provides the opportunity for the youngsters to get an idea of what the coaching industry is like and how the Community Trust and Football Club connect.”
Latics midfielder Perkins added:
“It was good to come down to the Youth Zone and me and Adam enjoyed the day, it’s always nice to give something back.
“I thought the young lad Sam who took the session did very well and it’s a great idea to be developing young coaches because I believe that the more young coaches we can get into the game, the better.
“I thought I would be coming down to coach but then I was coached so it was interesting to how the young lads and lasses did.”
To find out more information about Train with Latics, contact Liam Sealey by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org