Believe Sports Awards celebrated the sports stars of the future and paid tribute to the dedicated volunteers who support grassroots sports across Wigan.
- Event was organised by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and sponsored by Wigan Council.
- Over 300 guests were in attendance at the DW Stadium.
- FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce was a special guest.
Latics manager Paul Cook recently presented Jack Brooker with his Believe Sports Awards Apprentice of the Year trophy.
Organised by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and sponsored by Wigan Council, over 300 guests were in attendance at the DW Stadium last month to celebrate the sports stars of the future and to recognise the dedicated volunteers who support grassroots sports across Wigan.
Jack, who was unable to attend the event, is now studying a University of South Wales sports coaching degree following the completion of his apprenticeship, and won the award for his outstanding work for Wigan Athletic Community Trust over the past 12 months.
After receiving his award, he said: “I’m honoured to have won the trophy because it’s testament to my hard work and commitment. I didn’t expect to win it but I’m really, really happy and it’s something I’ll cherish forever.
He added: “The staff at the Community Trust have been excellent with me and without them I wouldn’t have won this award. They’ve helped me to become a better coach and a better person.”
Emmerson Boyce, the club's FA Cup winning captain and Trustee of the Community Trust, was a guest speaker at this year's 17th Believe Sports Awards.
Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Jack fully deserves his award but it’s also important to applaud the Trust’s other apprentices too who do such great work in the local community. Their enthusiasm for coaching is so refreshing.”
For more information about the Believe Sports Awards, please click here.