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11 August 2017

Children at the Community Trust's soccer school were given an end of week surprise.

  • Ivan Toney and Noel Hunt visited the soccer school at Standish High School.
  • Community Trust are running soccer schools at various locations during the summer holidays.
  • "It was really inspiring meeting the players" - Michael Hill.

Children at the Community Trust’s soccer school at Standish High School were given an end of week surprise this afternoon as first team players Ivan Toney and Noel Hunt made their first community visit as Latics players.

The pair, who joined the club earlier this summer, helped to improve the skills and technique of over 30 Latics mad participants as they joined in with a number of exciting football drills before signing autographs and taking part in a Q&A session.

The Community Trust have been running soccer schools throughout the summer holidays, and have provided hundreds of children with the opportunity to play football in a fun and safe environment.

Speaking at the event, Noel said: “Soccer schools are a great thing for children to have over the summer holidays and the coaches at the Community Trust are a real credit to themselves. To get them out in the community playing football is just a brilliant thing.

“There were so many of them wearing Wigan kits as well so that’s just a good thing for the club in general. They all had the players’ names on the back of their shirts and they were buzzing when we arrived, so it’s been a really enjoyable afternoon for the both of us.”

Young Latics fan, Michael Hill, said: “It was really inspiring meeting the players because it’s a day we’ll never forget. The fact they’ve just signed for the club as well makes it even more special as we’re one some of the first people to really meet them properly.”

For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s soccer schools, please contact 01942 318090 or email

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