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19 October 2017

Every Player Counts aims to increase sports participation for all.

  • Every Player Counts launched in Wigan in October 2016.
  • Community Trust have worked with over 200 disabled people this year.
  • Project has benefited from a £1.1m donation from the Wembley National Stadium Trust.

Hundreds of people from across Wigan with a wide range of disabilities have benefited from the first year of the EFL Trust’s Every Player Counts disability football project, thanks to the help of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

The programme was launched in Wigan in October 2016, with first team stars Michael Jacobs and Will Grigg attending and supporting a disability football festival at Wigan Soccerdome.

Every Player Counts helps the EFL Trust’s aim of increasing sports participation for all, and the project has benefited from a £1.1m donation from the Wembley National Stadium Trust. This figure represents their largest single donation to date and its first England-wide grants programme.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust have worked with over 200 people with disabilities this year and visit schools weekly to provide football and sports coaching to young disabled people. The Trust also run adult and junior disability teams in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts Leagues.

Joe Pym, Disability Football Officer at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Every Player Counts has been a tremendous success in Wigan during its first year, and the project has had such a positive impact on the lives of so many disabled people, both young and old.”

In total, the project is run by 25 different EFL clubs, and the programme covers a wide range of disabilities with the simple aim of getting more people involved in football and sport.

Mike Evans, Director of Operations at EFL Trust, said: “The project has given thousands of people access to sport regardless of their background or abilities. The partnership with Wembley National Stadium Trust has enabled our network to reach even further into their communities and use the power of football to make a real difference to people’s lives.

He added: “Wigan Athletic Community Trust delivered an excellent project in year one and we’re pleased to confirm they will continue into the second year of the project.”

For more information about the Every Player Counts project, please contact the Community Trust’s Disability Football Officer Joe Pym on 01942 318090 or e-mail

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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