The pilot scheme is being funded by Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund
Wigan youngsters from the age of 3 are being given a helping hand in getting ready for primary schools through an innovative new project being by backed by Wigan Athletic and Wigan Council.
Kids on the Move will see coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust work with 3-4 year olds from the Westfield Start Well Family Centre in Pemberton in a bid to improve their physical, personal and social skills in order for them to be more school ready.
The pilot scheme which is being funded by Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund will also involve Community Trust coaches working with parents and staff from the centre to help upskill them to deliver similar activities for children themselves.
Twelve children and 6 parents a week are now taking part weekly sessions at the Montrose Skills Hub where the Community Trust are based.
Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic, said: “The Community Trust already works with over forty primary schools in Wigan helping to upskill and mentor teachers around P.E in order to improve pupils’ physical literacy, but some of the feedback we have had from schools and partners has been that some children need help at an earlier age.
“Working with staff from the Westfield Start Well Family Centre and Wigan Council’s public health team has allowed us to devise a scheme that we hope can help achieve this, and if successful be replicated across other Start Well Family Centres in the Borough.
“The Community Trust is very proud to be part of the Deal and this is just the latest example of us working in partnership with Wigan Council to try and improve the lives of young people and families in the town.”
The Deal for Communities Investment Fund allows communities to help solve some of the borough’s biggest social problems, and is an informal contract between the council and residents which includes a commitment from both sides to work together to make Wigan Borough a better place.
Cllr Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities at Wigan Council, said: “As part of the latest round of the Deal for Communities Investment Fund we allocated an extra £500,000 to get ‘Wigan Borough on the move’ which has been invested in projects that encourage people to stay active.”
“It is so important to us that people of all ages have access to basic physical activity and this is a fantastic project for children.”
For more information about the Kids on the Move scheme please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Sport and Community Manager Wes Partington on 01942 318 090 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.