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3 October 2016

Wigan Athletic Community Trust has reached the final for the ‘Community Club of the Year’ whilst the Pathway 2 Participation programme has made the last four for the ‘Initiative of the Year’.

  • Wigan Athletic Community Trust makes the final of the ‘Community Club of the Year’ award at MBNA Northwest Football Awards.
  • Pathway 2 Participation up for the ‘Initiative of the Year’ award.
  • Final ceremony to be held at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, on Monday 14th November 2016.
The Wigan Athletic Community Trust continues to excel and this week received news that further recognition could be coming as the Trust reached the final of the MBNA Northwest Football Awards ‘Community Club of the Year’ ahead of the final ceremony on Monday 14th November 2016 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

Set to go up against Burnley, Preston North End and Tranmere Rovers in the final, Latics’ Community Trust is the leading provider of community sport in the Wigan area, utilising national opportunities and funding to benefit local agendas.

From working with thousands of young people on sports participation projects, to providing one to one support to the most vulnerable people in society the Trust is making Wigan Athletic part of everyday life for families across Wigan.

The Trust attracts over £1million of investment into Wigan a year and underpinned by its values: Delivery, Reputation and Results, is at the forefront of innovation and good practice amongst professional football club’s community organisations.

Lisa Nandy MP, Wigan, said of the Trust: “Latics have a unique influence within our community. Whether it is helping people gain skills or inspiring children to get fit, the Trust do an amazing job.”

Watch this video to find out more about the work done by the Wigan Athletic Community Trust in the local area.

The Trust’s Pathway 2 Participation has also been recognised amongst the best in the north-west, and will go up against Everton in the Community’s ‘Blue Mile’, Blackburn Rovers FC Community Trust’s ‘Motivate’,  Bolton Wanderers Community Trust’s ‘Wanderers Fitter Fans’, Burnley FC in the Community’s ‘Parents on the Ball’ and Preston North End Football Club’s ‘Women and Girls Football’ for the Community Initiative of the Year award, in association with the PFA.

Pathway 2 Participation is a mentoring service for 12 – 19 year olds to encourage them to take part in sports and education activities.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council it is organised in partnership with Wigan Youth Zone and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles.

Targeting 120 young people a year, the scheme works with the most hard to reach young people in Wigan, including young offenders, young carers and those from troubled families.

The scheme also provides volunteering and training opportunities for 60 young people a year and weekly sports activities for 8- 12 year olds in five of the most deprived areas of Wigan.

Cllr Joanne Platt, Lead Member for Children and Young People said of Pathway 2 Participation:

“Obviously we do have some deprived areas and some children don’t have the same chances as others, so it’s about giving them an opportunity to find something they want to participate in, which the Latics are doing a great job.”

Watch the Pathway 2 Participation impact video.

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