Young people who volunteer for Wigan Athletic Community Trust were recently recognised at the DW Stadium by first team star Will Grigg.
Latics Leaders, a minimum 20 hour volunteering programme for young people across the borough aged between 16 and 18, is part of the Community Trust’s award-winning Pathway 2 Participation scheme, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council.
A total of 63 Latics Leaders have completed 2,387 hours of volunteering this year on programmes such as Kicks, Premier League 4 Sport and Play with Latics, with those who have volunteered for over 20 hours receiving a certificate from Latics star Will Grigg.
Jon Green, Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, said: “The work our volunteers have done this year has been first class. They’ve developed as individuals and have picked up vital skills which will be beneficial to them as they approach an important period in their lives.
He added: “The next step for a number of them now will be to join the Community Trust’s education programmes so that they can continue their excellent progression.”
Dance volunteer Tia Burton was named Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding commitment in assisting the Community Trust’s Kicks dance team.
After receiving her award from Will, Tia said: “I’m so passionate about dance and am just really grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given by the Community Trust this year to help other young people realise their potential and improve their dance skills.
She added: “Winning this award is absolutely fantastic, but it’s not about that for me because I’m just happy I’ve been able to play a small part in helping others to achieve.”
To find out more about the Latics Leaders programme, please contact Volunteer Co-ordinator Jon Green on 01942 318090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org