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28 February 2017

Community Trust will be joined alongside five other EFL regional winners at the House of Commons on Monday 6th March

Wigan Athletic Community Trust will be recognised in Parliament for their outstanding community work after being named 2017 North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year.  

The Community Trust will be joined alongside five other EFL regional winners at the House of Commons on Monday 6th March to receive their award from EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey. 

As part of the award, the Community Trust’s Pathway 2 Participation scheme, a mentoring programme for 12-19 year olds to enable them to take part in activities designed to improve their health and well-being, whilst also raising their aspirations and ambitions, was highlighted as an example of good practice.

Funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council, the scheme is run in partnership with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and Wigan Youth Zone, and was also named Community Initiative of the Year at the North West Football Awards in November 2016.

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be named the North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year for 2017 in recognition of the excellent, wide-ranging and diverse work that Wigan Athletic Community Trust deliver in schools and the local community.

“We are extremely proud of this success story – helping young people realise their potential and ambitions is an important objective for the Trust and the football club. All staff and volunteers involved in the Trust should take enormous credit for this award.”

The six regional winners were selected by an independent judging panel including The Times’ Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter, and Senior Professional Sports Advisor at the UK Department of Health, Sam Haylen.

Shaun Harvey, EFL Chief Executive, said: “The announcement of the Regional Award winners provide a fitting tribute to the work that takes place to transform local communities through the power of football. 

“All Clubs, not just the winners, work tirelessly to connect with local supporters and I am delighted to see such innovative and effective ideas recognised in this way.”  

Wigan Athletic will now be put forward alongside the five other regional winners for the Checkatrade 2017 Community Club Year of the Award, which will be unveiled at the EFL Awards on Sunday 9 April in central London.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to be named as the 2017 North West Community Club of the Year by the EFL. 

“Each year the Trust delivers projects that reach over 11,000 young people and families across Wigan, which achieve positive results and make a real difference to their lives.

“The award is a testament to the hard work of all our staff and volunteers and further enhances Wigan Athletic’s reputation as a football club that takes its commitment to the local community seriously.”

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