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A WEEK TO REMEMBER FOR HUNDREDS OF LOCAL CHILDREN AT THE COMMUNITY TRUST'S SOCCER SCHOOLS AND DANCE CAMPS

Nearly 500 young people attended soccer schools and dance camps across the borough

2 June 2017

Hundreds of children across the Wigan borough have had a week to remember at the Community Trust’s May half term soccer schools and dance camps.

Children between the ages of 6-14 enjoyed hours of fun at soccer schools and dance camps at Dean Trust Wigan, Fred Longworth High School, Lowton High School and Standish High School, as they developed and improved their skills with Community Trust coaches. 
 
The Community Trust also hosted a disability football festival at Wigan Youth Zone as part of the Every Player Counts project, a programme which will help 100’s of young people with learning disabilities to play football and sport over the next three years. The club’s Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson and first team player Ryan Colclough attended the event.
 
Wes Partington, Sports and Cohesion Manager at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Our half term sports camps have again proven really popular, with hundreds of children having a fantastic time working alongside our coaches. 
 
He added: “The confidence they gain from these camps is fantastic as they not only improve their ability, but more importantly they meet new people and make new friends, which is great to see.”
 
In addition, Kicks participants from the Community Trust and Cansfield High School’s dance teams have taken part in the 12th man project this week, a scheme where young people are being encouraged to challenge their friends and families’ poor health habits. 
 
Supported by Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund, participants between the ages of 14-19 take part in 10 weeks of workshops around healthy eating, the dangers of smoking, drug and alcohol misuse, positive relationships and promoting good mental health.
 
The students also enjoyed an exciting day of outdoor activities at Rock and River Outdoor Pursuits Centre, as they improved their team building skills by taking part in activities such as orienteering, raft building, kayaking and high ropes.
 
To find out more about future soccer schools and dance camps, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 318090 or email community@wiganathletic.com

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