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HUNDREDS OF LOCAL YOUNGSTERS BENEFITING FROM EVERY PLAYER COUNTS PROJECT

15 March 2017

Every Player Counts is funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and administered by the EFL Trust

Over 200 local young people have benefited from Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Every Player Counts project so far this year. 

Funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and administered by the EFL Trust, the Every Player Counts project sees coaches from the Community Trust visit schools in Wigan on a weekly basis to provide free football and sports coaching for disabled young people. 

The scheme also allows the Trust to run two disability teams, provide training opportunities and evening sessions at Wigan Youth Zone. 

Joe Pym, Disability Football Officer at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We’ve worked with SEN schools and nurture groups in High School during the first term, and the work has been really successful. Over 200 young people with disabilities have been involved in our sessions, with 10% of those transitioning into Wigan Youth Zone and taking part in sessions of the evening time.”

The Community Trust run two adult disability football teams who compete in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League, which provides players with both learning and physical disabilities an opportunity to play football.

Joe added: “Our teams have enjoyed lots of success so far in the Ability Counts League, and are representing Wigan Athletic so well. With the help of the Every Player Counts project, we’re potentially looking to expand the number of teams we have from two to four, which will further boost the Community Trust’s disability offering.”

For more information about the Every Player Counts scheme, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Disability Football Officer Joe Pym on 01942 31809 or e-mail j.pym@wiganathletic.com.

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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