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21 March 2017

Club would like to thank its supporters and Aston Villa fans for their generosity on Saturday.

  • Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa supporters raise £1,573.93 for Prostate Cancer UK and Latics 2 Amsterdam.
  • Latics 2 Amsterdam Wigan Athletic’s official charity partner.
  • .The charity has a number of fundraising events coming up as they move towards their £50,000 target for Football 2 Amsterdam.
Wigan Athletic would like to thank the club’s supporters and also those of Saturday’s opponents Aston Villa for their generosity as £1,573.93 was raised for Prostate Cancer UK and Latics 2 Amsterdam, the club’s official charity partner.

Latics 2 Amsterdam look set to be the biggest team in the country for June’s Football to Amsterdam challenge.

Taking place on 9-11 June 2017 and backed by the English Football League and the League Managers Association, the event will see football supporters and a number of famous faces, including Les Ferdinand, Terry Butcher, Simon Grayson and Viv Anderson, cycle from the UK to Amsterdam over two days.

With 28 confirmed riders Latics remain the strongest team in the race, whilst Tottenham Hotspur are in second place with 25 riders and Manchester United are in third place with 18 riders.

Latics 2 Amsterdam have so far raised over £17,000 towards their £50,000 target, as they fundraise as well as prepare for their official journey from Barnsley to Amsterdam. Latics’ team, however, has decided to extend the route and, on day one (Thurs 8th June), they will depart from the DW Stadium and cycle over the Pennines to Barnsley. Setting off Latics’ team at the start line will be Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling.

On day two (Friday 9th June) the team will depart from the Oakwell Stadium at Barnsley and cycle to Hull where they will board the overnight ferry to Rotterdam.

And, on day three (Saturday 10th June), they will cycle from Rotterdam and will cross the finish line at the Ajax Stadium in Amsterdam after cycling a total of 205 miles.

The team is currently under training and doing training rides every Sunday morning, leaving the DW Stadium at 09:00. The rides are currently about 50 miles long but will increase on a weekly basis so that, in mid-May, the rides will be 90 miles long. In addition to the Sunday rides, when the clocks go forwards next week, the team will be training on two evenings a week as well.

In terms of fundraising, the team have many events lined up and would love the support of Wigan Athletic’s fans.

On Saturday 25th March, there is the ever-popular race night at the Honeysuckle pub, Poolstock

Next month, on Sunday 30th April, The Big Fat Quiz Of The Town, is an all-day quiz involving ten town centre pubs.

There will be a Casino Night at the DW Stadium in May and, whilst the actual ride is taking place on Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th June, there will be a virtual Latics2Amsterdam ride at the adjacent DW Health Club where participants will ride static bikes at the gym and can obtain sponsorship by the hour. This event is being sponsored by the Wigan Athletic Supporters Club who will donate the first £10 sponsorship to each club member who participates in this ride.

Two of the members have arranged their own sponsored bike rides at their places of employment and several have arranged different events including curry nights, barbeques and garden parties, all in an attempt to achieve the £50,000 target.

For further details or to sponsor Latics 2 Amsterdam, please visit

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