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3 November 2017

Participants were given free match tickets to the first team's game against Blackburn Rovers.

  • A total of 14 teams competed in the tournament.
  • The event was part of the club's Together programme.
  • Kick It Out, football's equality and diversity organisation, delivered a workshop to all participants.

Over 120 people from across Wigan took part in the club’s Together Cup before Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers at the DW Stadium.

The event consisted of groups such as The Brick homeless charity, Every Player Counts disability football project, Leigh Genesis Refugee Football, Kamosi, Global Friends and Support for Wigan Arrivals Project, while a team from Blackburn Rovers’ Premier League Kicks project also took part.

Hosted by Wigan Athletic Community Trust and delivered in partnership with Wigan Council and Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, the tournament at Robin Park Arena was part of the club’s Together programme, which highlights the work undertaken by Wigan Athletic Football Club, its registered charity Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium in promoting equality and diversity.

Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, delivered a workshop at the event while all participants were given free match tickets to the first team’s game at the DW Stadium.

Tom Drake, Community Cohesion Coordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The tournament not only brought together so many people from different communities across Wigan, it gave them an opportunity to play football in a professional environment for the first time.

He added: “For most of the participants, the highlight of the day was being able to watch the first team play against Blackburn Rovers, an experience many of them had not had before. They really enjoyed the atmosphere and being part of the Latics family.”

Winners of the junior section of the tournament were Blackburn Rovers, while representatives from Leigh Genesis Football Club were victorious in the adult section.

Bahr, who represented Leigh Genesis, said: “I was so grateful for the opportunity to play next to the DW Stadium. Thank you so much to everyone for making me and my team very welcome. It was an amazing day and one we will always rememeber.”

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.

Click here for more information about Together.

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