Community Trust and Club volunteer Frank Melling recognised for outstanding contribution to the club at all levels.
- Frank Melling nominated for the MBNA Northwest Football Awards Unsung Hero award.
- After retiring from the police force in 2006, Frank has helped the club at numerous levels.
- Frank has worked with young players such as Callum McManaman, Tim Chow, Jordan Flores and Luke Burke.
He became involved in the committee of GMACFL early in season 2012/13 and was asked to help prevent the league becoming insolvent and going out of existence. Frank took responsibility for resolving the league's debt's and forming a new committee.
In the 2013/14 season Frank was Manchester County FA Volunteer of the Year for grassroots football and runner up in the GMACFL Gold Award in the national FA Grassroots Respect Awards, before being named as a finalist in the Wigan Athletic Community Trust Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Two nights a week Frank is attending disability football coaching sessions, twice a month he drives the minibus to Salford on a Friday night to transport players, he takes the minibus to different Community Trust events and provides transport where necessary, he also supports and mentors our junior coaches in working with young people with disabilities.
Frank will find out if he has won the award on Monday 14th November 2016 at the final ceremony at Emirates Old Trafford, competing with the other three finalists Michael Kinsella (Tranmere Rovers), Phil Mason (Bolton Wanderers) and Rose Woolrich (Manchester City).