Wigan Athletic’s Kicks scheme uses the appeal of the club to inspire young people in some of the most high-need areas of the borough.
- Event was a culmination of a season-long programme.
- Kicks uses the appeal of Wigan Athletic to inspire youngsters.
- Community Trust run hundreds of sessions on a weekly basis.
Young people on the Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks programme represented Latics in the national Kicks Cup competition last Thursday.
Held at The University of Manchester’s Wythenshawe site, the Premier League welcomed 89 teams representing 64 professional clubs to the event, which was a culmination of a season-long scheme that enabled those who traditionally do not participate in organised sporting events to do so.
The event saw Latics face Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Colchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United.
Tom Drake, Senior Community Development Coordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The competition was a unique opportunity for young people across the borough to get involved in the programme and to play against clubs they wouldn’t normally come up against.
He added: “The team consisted of youngsters from Chorley, Hindley and Leigh so we had a real mix representing us and it brought different communities together which is what Kicks is all about.”
Wigan Athletic’s Kicks programme uses the appeal of the football club to inspire young people in some of the most high-need areas of the borough, with the Community Trust running sessions to hundreds of youngsters each week, with activities including football, dance and multi-sport.
Nick Perchard, Head of Community at the Premier League, said: “The Kicks Cup was an opportunity for young players from across the country to compete against and socialise with participants from similar backgrounds. The programme is about connecting communities and inspiring people to maximise their potential, so we hope everyone had a great day of activities.”
Please email Tom Drake on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01942 318090 for more information about Wigan Athletic Kicks.