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21 August 2018

First team players Alex Bruce and Leo Da Silva Lopes helped to launch the partnership at #LaticsOpenDay 2018.

  • Latics and Wigan & Leigh College enter into exciting partnership.
  • Students to receive football coaching from the Community Trust’s staff.
  • College boasts an incredible 100% pass rate on all of its sports courses.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust are delighted to have entered into an exciting partnership with Wigan & Leigh College.

The collaboration starts in September and will provide excellent opportunities for the hundreds of sports students at the College.

Coaches from the Community Trust will provide students with four hours a week of professional football coaching, which will support their development as well as their aspirations and future careers.

Although primarily based at Leigh College, which already boasts state-of-the-art facilities thanks to its base at Leigh Sports Village, students studying at the Wigan centres will also benefit from the partnership.

The College, which is a Centre of Excellence for Sport, has a 100% pass rate for students across all of its sports courses and now has the added bonus of working with Latics’ official charity, providing many exclusive benefits.

Students will have opportunities to visit the club’s training centre, benefit from receiving match tickets for first team home games and have the chance to meet the management team.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The opportunities the Trust will be able to provide young sports students across the borough through this partnership will be immense, and we’re really looking forward to strengthening our relationship with a leading organisation such as Wigan & Leigh College.”

As part of the scheme, students will receive a bespoke strength and conditioning programme and nutritional guidance to support their development as a player.

Paul Heald, Head of Sport at Wigan & Leigh College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to experience what it is like to work and train like a professional athlete, working with professional football coaches.

“There will also be opportunities for sports students to conduct work placements with the club as part of the Community Trust’s programme.”

Claire Foreman, Wigan & Leigh College Vice Principal, added: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Wigan Athletic Community Trust and are proud that this partnership will be able to offer amazing opportunities for our students and the positive impact and enhancement it will have will bring to their college experience.”

The football academy are due to have their first training session on Friday 7th September 2018 ahead of upcoming fixtures against other colleges as well as entering national competitions. 

Please email or call 01942 318090 for more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

Contact Wigan & Leigh College on 01942 761111 for further details about its sport courses starting this September.

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