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30 April 2018

Wigan Athletic Community Trust have worked with 4,000 primary school pupils and 120 teachers since September 2016.

  • Premier League Primary Stars tournament held on the pitch today.
  • Competition hosted in partnership with School Games Organisers.
  • Victorious in the final were St Peter's Primary School from Hindley. 

Children from 36 primary schools across Wigan had an unforgettable experience at the DW Stadium today as they took part in a Premier League Primary Stars tournament on the pitch.

Attended by Latics owner Dave Whelan, more than 300 youngsters participated in the event, which was won by St Peter’s Primary School as they beat Nicol Mere Primary School 2-1 in the final.

Since September 2016, Wigan Athletic Community Trust have worked with over 4,000 primary school children across the borough and have mentored 120 teachers in PE as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

Reece Aaron, Year 5 pupil at Parklee Primary School, said: “It felt good to play on the DW Stadium pitch because my dream is to be a professional footballer.

He added: “I was really nervous before playing as I knew opportunities like this don’t come around very often, but I pushed myself because I wanted to have an amazing experience, and I had just that.”

The Primary Stars scheme uses the appeal of Wigan Athletic to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

Ashley Wilding, PE Specialist at St Peter’s Primary School, said: “We’ve shown today just how fantastic sport is in Wigan and what can be achieved when we all work together. The determination and emotion shown by every single school was unbelievable and we were proud to be a part of it.

He added: “A lot of the boys in our team support Latics and it’s a club they hold close to their hearts so by just being here and taking in the atmosphere was fantastic for them. I’d like to thank Wigan Athletic Community Trust for hosting such a brilliant event.”

Please email Gareth Nolan on or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Schools Sports programme.

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