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22 February 2017

Eight first and second year scholars joined in with the fun at four different locations across the borough

Boys and girls on the Community Trust’s soccer schools were given a surprise on Monday afternoon when eight members of Wigan Athletic’s academy side joined in with the sessions at four locations across the borough.

First and second year scholars were at Abraham Guest Academy, Fred Longworth High School, Lowton High School and Standish High School for an afternoon of fun filled activities for 6-14 years old.

The Community Trust run soccer schools and dance camps during school holidays and half terms, and provide hours of fun for boys and girls to practice, develop and improve their football skills and techniques.

Sam said: “It was a different experience for most of the lads because we’ve never done anything like this before, but we all enjoyed it and had a great time. The kids were made up to see us so to be able to give something back to them was really rewarding.”

Mike Hurn, Head of Education and Welfare at Wigan Athletic, said: “It was a great opportunity to expose our young players to working and interacting with some of the club’s younger fans, because it forms part of the academy’s wider performance and lifestyle programme. 

He added: “The academy has strong links with the club’s Community Trust, and together we’re trying to develop and educate our young players and prepare them for a potential future career in the game. If it means they have a positive impact on the young children then it’s a fantastic experience for everyone involved.”

To find out more about the soccer schools and dance camps, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 318090 or email

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