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18 December 2017

Shaun MacDonald, Ryan Colclough and Craig Morgan handed out early Christmas presents at Hope School on Monday.

  • Wigan Athletic stars Shaun MacDonald, Ryan Colclough and Craig Morgan visit Wigan’s Hope School at Christmas
  • The Wigan Athletic Community Trust deliver multi-sport sessions at the school every week
  • Shaun MacDonald: “We’re role models so it’s important we give something back.”

With only seven days until Christmas, over 50 children at Hope School enjoyed an unforgettable experience on Monday afternoon as Latics trio Craig Morgan, Ryan Colclough and Shaun MacDonald visited the school to hand out early festive presents to pupils.

The event was part of the club’s annual Christmas visit to the school, with children from various age groups given the opportunity to meet the players and pose for photographs.

Hope School, based in Wigan, takes the individual needs of every child as their prime aim, and strive to achieve the highest possible standards in the wider educational context, where achievement, equality and independence are a key aspiration for all.

Speaking at the event, MacDonald said: “We’re role models to a number of children so it’s especially important we give something back to them and visits like this are really worthwhile. 

“We don’t realise how lucky we are sometimes so it’s nice to put smiles on the children’s faces.”

The Community Trust deliver Every Player Counts multi-sport sessions at the school on a weekly basis, with an emphasis on getting more people with disabilities involved in football and sport.

Pauline Lynch, Deputy Head Teacher at Hope School, said: “The children always enjoy having the players coming to visit them because it’s a special day for them and is something that has become a tradition every year. The presents were amazing and we all had a lovely afternoon.

She added: “We’ve got a really good link with the Community Trust and the coaches visit school every week to help improve the sporting skills of our children. We’re so grateful for the work they do because they have such a positive impact on their lives.”

For more information about the Every Player Counts project, please contact Disability Football Officer Joe Pym on 01942 318090 or e-mail

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through ‘Together’.

Click here for more information about ‘Together’.

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