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1 February 2018

The club's award-winning charity have worked with thousands of young people as part of the Premier League Primary Stars scheme.

  • Community Trust launch new Healthy Hearts initiative.
  • Project supported by Emmerson Boyce and Jenny Meadows.
  • Thomas Middlehurst, Year 6 pupil at Garret Hall Primary School - "The workshop taught me some really valuable skills."

Over 2,000 primary school children in Wigan are set to receive vital CPR training as part of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s new Healthy Hearts initiatives.

FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce and Olympian Jenny Meadows, who are both Trustees of the club’s award winning charity, recently attended the launch of the programme at the DW Stadium which saw pupils from 11 primary schools take part in a CPR workshop.

Prior to the event, representatives from North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust visited the Trust’s base at Montrose Skills Hub to upskill staff and to increase their knowledge of the subject before they deliver sessions in schools as part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

Jenny said: “The enthusiasm the children showed and their zest for learning a new skill was just fantastic to see. What we hope now is they pass these messages on to their families and friends when they get home so that more people can be versed in the subject.

She added: “As a Trustee it was great to see the work that goes on because the Community Trust are involved in so many amazing programmes and their engagement with young people across our borough reflects brilliantly on the club itself.”

Since the launch of Primary Stars, a programme that uses the appeal of professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills, the Trust have worked with over 3,000 youngsters from 75 schools across the borough.

Mark Gorgan, Head Teacher at St George’s Central Primary School, said: “These are the kind of life skills that we want the children in our school to learn and it’s fantastic that Wigan Athletic Community Trust have given them this opportunity to enhance their knowledge.

He added: “It’s important to note that these skills won’t only help them in the future but they’ll be able to use them right now in day to day life if need be.”

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

Thomas Middlehurst, Year 6 pupil at Garrett Hall Primary School, said: “I enjoyed the workshop so much because it taught me some really valuable skills. I learnt how to deal with a CPR situation and how hard to press down on someone’s chest if someone is suffering a cardiac arrest.”

For more information about Premier League Primary Stars or to find out more about the School Sports programme, contact Gareth Nolan on or call 01942 318090.

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