Events were hosted in partnership with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Wigan School Games, Wigan Youth Zone and Animalates.
- A total of 20 Wigan primary schools were involved.
- Festivals were part of the Every Player Counts project.
- Sarah Wilson, PE Lead at Hope School - “The pupils get so many brilliant opportunities from Wigan Athletic Community Trust."
Over 240 children with disabilities from 20 Wigan primary schools recently took part in two Inclusive Sports Festivals at Wigan Youth Zone as part of the Every Player Counts programme.
The events, hosted in partnership with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, Wigan School Games, Wigan Youth Zone and Animalates, saw youngsters take part in various multi-sport activities.
With the aim of getting more people with disabilities involved in football and sport, the Every Player Counts project, funded by the Wembley National Stadium Trust and administered by the EFL Trust, has seen hundreds of people from across Wigan take part in activities since its launch in 2016.
The event was 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.
Joe Pym, Disability Football Officer at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “The sports days were designed to allow as many children with disabilities in Wigan to take part in sport and to have the opportunity to enjoy activities they may not be able to access as part of a school’s PE curriculum.”
In addition to providing young people with the opportunity to play sport, the sessions also enhanced teachers’ knowledge of PE and sport.
Sarah Wilson, PE Lead at Hope School, said: “We were delighted to be invited along to the event and the children loved all the activities. They were all really happy and it was so nice for them to be able to access sport and have fun with students from other schools too.”
She added: “The pupils get so many brilliant opportunities from Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the work they do with the children is amazing – they’re a credit to the club.”
In total, the Trust have delivered nearly 800 hours of coaching since the project’s launch, while also transitioning 10% of participants into competitive sport, a feat Joe says he’s most proud of.
For more information or to enquire about the Every Player Counts programme, please contact Joe Pym on 01942 318090 or e-mail 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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