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27 September 2017

The event takes place at Emirates Old Trafford on Monday 13th November 2017.

  • Club shortlisted for Kick It Out's Promoting Inclusion award.
  • Community Trust nominated for Club of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year.
  • "We're delighted to be shortlisted in three categories this year" - Jonathan Jackson. 

Wigan Athletic have earned recognition by the judges of the North West Football Awards after its Together programme of equality and diversity was shortlisted for the new Kick It Out Promoting Inclusion award.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium launched Together to promote equality and diversity across the organisation, and has sought to challenge perceptions around issues such as racism, homophobia in football and disability discrimination across both the professional and grassroots game through education progammes, staff training events and engagement with the community and under-represented groups.

The Community Trust have also been shortlisted for Community Club of the Year and Community Initiative of the Year at the event at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on 13th November 2017.

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted as a club to be shortlisted in three categories at this year’s North West Football Awards. We’re particularly pleased that our innovative Together programme incorporating equality and diversity has been recognised as the project is integral to our operations, and its impact has been positive across the whole organisation.

He added: “For the Community Trust to be shortlisted for two awards again this year is testament to the hard work of all of its staff who do such fantastic jobs across the borough on a daily basis. The Trust enjoyed success at last year’s event and it is very pleasing to be nominated again.”

The Community Trust work with Wigan Athletic Football Club to improve health, enhance life chances and create stronger, safer communities, and engage with over 12,000 people a year on projects based around Schools, Community Development and Training and Skills.

Pathway 2 Participation, the Trust's mentoring programme, won Community Initiative of the Year in 2016, and the charity will be looking to defend their title at this year's event with the 12th Man Health Champion programme being recognised amongst the best in the region.

The 12th Man Health Champion programme aims to make young people aged 12-19 more aware of negative health behaviours and encourage them to take part in more physical activity. The project, funded by Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund and the Premier League, sees coaches from the Trust deliver these health messages to young people involved in its Kicks project.

For more information about the Community Trust, please email or call 01942 318090. 

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