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3 October 2017

Callum Elder and Gavin Massey made their first community visit since joining the club.

  • Session was part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
  • Community Trust provide over 50 schools with up to 70 hours of free sports coaching a year.
  • Primary Stars improves and enhances PE and other curriculum areas in primary schools.

Latics duo Callum Elder and Gavin Massey visited St Marie’s Primary School in Standish on Tuesday afternoon to help improve the agility and coordination of pupils in Year 4 as part of the Premier League’s flagship Primary Stars programme.

Callum and Gavin joined coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust to take part in different activities designed to better the physical skills of over 30 children before signing autographs and interacting with pupils.

Premier League Primary Stars sees coaches from the Community Trust help to upskill and mentor 80 teachers in PE and provide over 50 schools with up to 70 hours of free sports coaching.

Gavin said: “I’ve been to a few community events during my career, but this one was definitely up there with the best. The kids had bundles of energy and kept us both on our toes, and most of them were all big Wigan fans who come to the games every week which is great. They were interested in us and what we do, so it was just nice to be able to interact with them and have fun together. 

He added: “I’m sure a lot of the boys and girls will want to grow up to be professional footballers, so for them to be able to meet their idols was fantastic, and it felt really special. It was good to give something back to them and put smiles on their faces.”

Primary Stars aims to offer a world-class primary schools programme that uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to improve and enhance PE and other curriculum areas in primary schools, and develops the skills and values that are crucial to success in later life.

Thomas Crawford, Year 4 pupil, said: “It was a really fun session and there was a lot of running around and moving direction. We had lots of laughs with the players and they were really nice people. It’s a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life because I’m a massive Latics fan.”

The Community Trust have helped to develop the skills of a number of teachers from schools across Wigan during the past year, and the work carried out by its coaches has been commended.

Catherine Waterworth, Year 3 teacher, said: “The coaches are really respected by the children and are treated just like all of the other teachers in school. Their knowledge and expertise are vital because most of us are non-PE specialists, so they can teach the children the skills we can’t.”

To find out more about the School Sports programme, please contact Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on or call 01942 318090.

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