The EFL Day of Disabilities event aims to share the work carried out by clubs to ensure an inclusive environment for disabled fans.
- Today is the EFL's first ever #EFLDayofDisabilities.
- Date aims to showcase the positive work of all 72 EFL clubs.
- Jamie Jones and Nathan Byrne to visit Hope School this afternoon.
More than 600 people with disabilities are currently taking part in Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s thriving Every Player Counts disability sports programme.
A scheme which aims to get more disabled people involved in football and sport, Every Player Counts sees coaches from the Community Trust visit schools, colleges and Wigan Youth Zone each week to work with junior and adult participants to improve their physical and social skills.
And as part of the EFL’s first ever #EFLDayofDisabilities, an event aimed at sharing the work carried out by clubs to ensure an inclusive environment for disabled fans, we profile the Trust’s involvement in the programme and how hundreds of people in Wigan are benefiting from the scheme.
The initiative was launched by first team stars Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs in October 2016, with the pair taking part in a football tournament with more than 100 children at Wigan Soccerdome.
A number of inclusive sports festivals have been held for primary and secondary school pupils since then, while junior and adult disability football teams have been formed, with players competing in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts Football League at Salford Sports Village.
More recently, upper-limb amputee and Every Player Counts participant Jordan Doyle represented Latics at the launch of the new 2018/19 EFL season, where he shared his inspirational story about how the project helped him to overcome adversity and go on to play for his country.
Please email Joe Pym on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Every Player Counts project.
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’.
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