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7 March 2017

The overall winner will be named at the EFL Awards Dinner on Sunday 9th April

Wigan Athletic Community Trust were named as Checkatrade North West Community Club of the Year by the EFL at the House of Commons on Monday 6th March. 

The Community Trust were joined by five other regional winners in Parliament, with the overall winner being named at the EFL Awards Dinner on Sunday 9th April 2017. 

In 2016, the Trust delivered 23 different projects at 99 venues across four boroughs, with highlights including: 

• 11,985 people taking part in activities 
• Providing 14,956 hours of sessions which is an average of 41 hours of delivery a day  
• Each participant staying engaged in programme for an average of 24 hours 
• 72 primary schools working with the Trust
• 5,076 young people receiving coaching in schools with 88% improving physical literacy levels
• Referring 37 young footballers to have a trial or train with the Wigan Athletic Youth Academy
• Raising the aspiration of 128 young people who gained a business qualifications with 83% improving their attitude and motivation
• Helping 34 NEET young people re-enter education
• Providing constructive sports opportunities for 3,857 young people in evenings and weekends – helping to reduce anti-social behaviour by up to 50% in selected communities
• One in 7 young people between the ages of 12-19 years old taking part in an evening sports activity with the Trust.
• Improving the health of 98% of 8- 12 year olds who took part in sports coaching with the Trust and 76% of 12-19 year olds.
• Increasing female participation by 5% to 40% across all its activities
• Increasing participation rates for BME young people to 15% across all its project compared to 5% in 2015.
• Enabling 60% of participants involved in a veteran’s football scheme to feel less socially isolated as a result of taking part in the programme.

Phillip Williams, Wigan Athletic Community Trust Chairman of Trustees, said: “I’m delighted on behalf of the Trustees to congratulate all staff for this well-deserved award. Work in the community often goes unnoticed and I hope our supporters will take pride in this recognition of the Trust’s contributions to so many local initiatives covering sport, health, education and social inclusion.

He added: “The award confirms Wigan Athletic Community Trust as one of football’s leading Trust’s in terms of delivery and performances. As winner of the North West Region, we all now wish the Trust success in the national awards as Community Club of the Year.”

For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust, please call 01942 318090 or email 

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