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NICK POWELL AND NATHAN BYRNE HEAD OUT TO LOCAL SCHOOL AHEAD OF MANCHESTER CITY FA CUP TIE

15 February 2018

Community Trust have worked with over 4,000 children and have mentored 120 teachers as part Premier League Primary Stars.

  • Nick Powell and Nathan Byrne visited Orrell Holgate Primary School.
  • Session was part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.
  • Community Trust have worked with over 4,000 primary school children.

Nick Powell and Nathan Byrne helped to develop the skills and techniques of over 25 pupils at Orrell Holgate Primary School this afternoon.

The visit was part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, a scheme that uses the appeal of Wigan Athletic Football Club to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills, saw the pair take part in a number of different football drills with children in Year 6.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust have worked with over 4,000 primary school children across the borough and have mentored 120 teachers in PE since the launch of Primary Stars.

Nick said: “To see the kids enjoying football for what football is actually all about was really good to see. Even though it was freezing cold they were all running around and having a laugh, and it was great that there were lots of girls involved too which shows there’s interest at such a young age."

Primary Stars has proven beneficial for the school’s PE Lead Chris Van Geffen who has been upskilled in the subject by the Community Trust’s coaches over the past 18 months.

He said: “I owe a great deal to the Trust and in particular to Gareth Shaw as he’s helped me to become the coach I am today. I’ve developed my teaching skills so much and I feel a lot more confident in my delivery of PE having had the opportunity to work with him.

Adding: “The visit was fantastic and the pupils will remember it for a very long time. Nick and Nathan are obviously two of the team’s star players so to have them come along to Orrell Holgate for the afternoon was an honour and we thank them for their time.”

To find out more about the School Sports programme, please contact Gareth Nolan on g.nolan@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090.


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