The Premier League scheme was introduced in 2013.
- Community Trust deliver weekly sessions at 12 different locations.
- Over 50,000 participants have been involved nationwide since its launch.
- Programme provides a fun environment with an emphasis on making new friends.
Striving to increase the number of women and girls playing football regularly, Wigan Athletic currently work with over 300 females as part of the Premier League Girls Football programme.
The club’s Community Trust delivers weekly sessions at 12 venues across the borough, providing opportunities for women and girls to develop skills and confidence and progress within the pathway as a player, coach or official.
For Lowton High School pupil Holly Lumb, 12, the programme has aided her footballing ability and helped to create friendships, while also giving her the opportunity to represent the club.
As part of the club’s Together Week, which celebrates the work of Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium around equality and diversity, we spoke to Holly to discuss her love of the game.
She said: “The sessions are really great and are competitive too which I like because I want to win at every opportunity. I feel really proud of the way I’ve developed my game in such a short space of time and just want to continue to get better and better.
Adding: “I’ve been encouraged a lot by Hannah from the Community Trust and if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have the confidence I have now. I love being part of the programme and would definitely recommend more girls to get involved because it’s so much fun.”
Since the programme began in September 2013, over 51,622 women and girls have been involved nationwide, with almost 23,000 women and girls taking part in 2016/17.
Hannah Hipkin-Steele, Women and Girls Sports Engagement Officer at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “Holly first attended our session at Lowton High School and had never really played football before but soon loved it and made lots of new friends.
Continuing: “After doing well at her school she progressed to our community session at Leigh Genesis Football Club and just continued to impress. She now represents Wigan Athletic and is an inspiration to so many young girls in this area.”
For more information about the Premier League Girls Football programme, please call 01942 318090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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