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29 October 2017

Children at Standish High School improve shooting skills with Latics duo.

  • The pair made their first community visit since joining the club.
  • Community Trust's soccer schools took place at five locations across Wigan.
  • Over 250 children were in attendance throughout the week.

First team players Gary Roberts and Jamie Jones recently visited the Community Trust’s soccer school at Standish High School to help improve the shooting skills of over 30 children.

The pair, who joined Paul Cook’s side during the summer, have both impressed for the club so far this season, with Jones in particular catching the eye by breaking a new club record of keeping six clean sheets in his opening six home league games.

The Community Trust’s soccer schools took place at five different locations during October half term, with over 250 children in attendance throughout the week.

Speaking at the event, Jamie said: “These soccer schools are great for the kids because they develop and improve skills other than football, such as confidence and teamwork. You couldn’t take the smiles off their faces and it was fantastic to meet them and just spend time with them.

He added: “My lad goes to camps such as these so I understand completely how much enjoyment the children get out of them. They make new friends and bond with other young people who have similar passions, so it’s just brilliant for everyone really.”

Latics fan Joseph Wooton was amazed to meet two of his idols at the soccer school and admitted it was a day he would never forget.

He said: “Gary and Jamie are two of my favourite players so to be able to play with them was a dream really. The session was so much fun and taking shots against Wigan’s first team goalkeeper was something I never thought I’d get the opportunity to do.”

For more information about the Community Trust’s soccer schools, please call 01942 318090 or email

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