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8 September 2016

Providing meaningful sporting opportunities for young people.

Every night of the week, coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust work across Wigan to provide constructive sports activities for young people.

Working in partnership with organisations such as the Premier League, Wigan and Leigh Housing, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Greater Manchester Police and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Community Trust aims to provide sporting opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 – 19 in their own communities.

Projects such as Latics Kicks, based in seven areas across Wigan, engage with over 1,200 young people, helping them to take part in football training and gain sports qualifications, while working to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

Plus, the programme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities scheme, provides Play With Latics football sessions for 8-12 year olds.

The success of the Kicks project is well documented, after participant Nathan Randell excelled and worked his way from Kicks to the Wigan Athletic Academy, signing on apprenticeship terms with the club's Under 18 team last season. - Read more here.

The well-being of young people is paramount to the project, something which has been emphasised in Wigan this week with the first ever 'Wellfest' organised by Wigan Council.

Wellfest is the borough's first ever festival devoted to well-being and has been a major success across the local area, with daily activities and events.

To learn more about Wellfest [click here].

Please contact Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Tom Drake for more information, on 01942 488 530 or email

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