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13 July 2017

Wigan Athletic are celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.

  • Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by the FA and the Football Foundation.
  • £1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team.
  • Wigan Athletic will be creating two new junior disability football teams.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Wigan, has paved the way for Wigan Athletic to create two new junior disability football teams.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Wigan Athletic has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with the Greater Manchester FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so they can enjoy the physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment.

Joe Pym, Disability Football Officer for Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We would like to thank the Football Foundation for their £3,000 grant which will go towards increasing our disability football provision across the Wigan borough.

“The Community Trust have worked with 350 participants this year, and the grant received from the Football Foundation will allow so many more young disabled people in Wigan the opportunity to play football on a regular basis.”

For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s disability football provision, 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’.

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