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CYCLING SESSIONS AT THE DW STADIUM

22 January 2018

First team player Jamie Walker recently presented the Community Trust with a certificate of award from Ambition for Ageing.

  • Scheme funded by Ambition for Ageing and led by Latics 2 Amsterdam.
  • Sessions take place at the DW Stadium every Wednesday at 6-7pm.
  • Free bikes and safety equipment for use at sessions.

Opportunities for people over the age of 50 in Wigan to access sport and improve their health and wellbeing are set to improve as part of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s new Re-Cycling project.

Funded by Ambition for Ageing, the programme will be led by members of Latics 2 Amsterdam’s cycling team who cycled from Wigan to Holland in aid of Prostate Cancer UK last summer.

The project will run on a weekly basis at the DW Stadium, and will offer cycling activities for all levels, from those who have never been on a bike, perhaps since childhood, to the more experienced cyclist. Participants who haven’t got a bike are still welcome to attend as the Community Trust have 15 free bikes for use.

Fergus Heyes, Sport Engagement Coordinator at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We’re delighted to team up with Latics 2 Amsterdam and Ambition for Ageing to provide a new opportunity for over 50s to keep fit and to reduce social isolation in our borough.

He added: “We’re expecting the project to be really successful and the feedback we’ve had from supporters and the general public so far has been hugely positive.”

Ambition for Ageing is part of a £10.2 million Greater Manchester-wide programme aimed at creating more age friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme, which aims to reduce social isolation in older people.

Pauline Barraclough, Ambition for Ageing Coordinator, said: “The main aim of this project for us is to give people in this area the opportunity to try cycling and to improve their fitness by doing so. We’re so excited to be working in partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Latics 2 Amsterdam and Age UK Wigan Borough and believe the programme has so much potential.”

A recent addition to the Latics squad, Jamie Walker presented a certificate of award to the Community Trust from Ambition for Ageing.

He said: “The great thing about this project is that it’ll be accessible to any ability, and won’t just improve physical health but mental health too, while the confidence people will gain from taking part and keeping active will be really beneficial.”

To register your interest or for more information about the Re-Cycling project, please call Fergus Heyes on 01942 318090 or email f.heyes@wiganathletic.com.

Please click here to view Ambition for Ageing’s website.

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’.

For more information about ‘Together’, please click here.


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