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16 April 2018

Event was held to acknowledge the work of current and former Armed Forces service people across the Wigan borough.

  • Armed Forces community recognised at Rotherham United fixture.
  • Hundreds of supporters visited the Football 4 Forces Family Zone.
  • The Red Devils parachute team delivered the match ball to the officials.

The outstanding work of the Armed Forces community across the Wigan borough was celebrated at Saturday afternoon’s Sky Bet League One game against Rotherham United at the DW Stadium.

Designated as a Football 4 Forces fixture, the event recognised the efforts of current and former Armed Forces service people, with the club offering two free tickets to military personnel.

Over 25 veterans took part in a Football 4 Forces tournament at Robin Park Arena, which was held to highlight Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s innovative football and health programme.

Hundreds of supporters, along with five first team members, later visited the Football 4 Forces Family Zone, with activities led by the Armed Forces, and a special performance from the Pipes and Drums 103 Regt Royal Artillery.

The Red Devils, the official parachute display team of the British Army and The Parachute Regiment, skydived into the stadium to deliver the match ball to referee Chris Sarginson before club Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant at half-time.

Please email Sport Engagement Coordinator Fergus Heyes on or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Football 4 Forces programme.

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.

Click here for more information about Together.

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