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25 July 2018

The visit to Weeton Barracks was part of the club's commitment to the Community Trust's Football 4 Forces scheme.

  • Latics visited Weeton Barracks near Preston earlier this week.
  • Activities included team building, leadership and endurance sessions.
  • Training camp was part of the club’s commitment to Football 4 Forces.

Pre-season preparations continued for the club's Under 18s squad earlier this week as their fitness levels were put to the test by the Army. .

Both first and second year scholars visited Weeton Barracks near Preston on Monday and Tuesday for a two-day training camp with soldiers in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Designed to improve the squad’s team building and leadership qualities, the players were put through their paces in a variety of different military fitness tests before learning more about the life of a soldier and the physical and mental demands of being part of the Army. 

Kyle Joseph, first year scholar, said: “It was really difficult training but really good for all the lads at the same time because it required leadership from us and an ability to push our teammates on when we were struggling. A key part of being in the Army is having leadership and encouragement skills.”

The visit formed part of the club’s commitment to its Football 4 Forces programme, a weekly footballing scheme run by Wigan Athletic Community Trust,  with sessions taking place at Robin Park Arena (5.30pm-7pm) and Wigan Youth Zone (11am-12pm) Monday and Thursday respectively.

The programme, which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the borough’s Armed Forces community while also helping them to feel less socially isolated, recently received a £5,000 grant from the Army to support its longer-term provision.

Major Carl Gardner, said: “The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment have a long-standing relationship with Wigan Athletic so we were delighted to welcome the U18s to Weeton Barracks. The visit was all about taking them out of their comfort zones and developing their leadership skills.

He added: “Wigan Athletic’s Football 4 Forces programme is absolutely outstanding and I have nothing but admiration for the work being done to support the forces community in the town.”

Please contact the Community Trust's Sport Engagement Coordinator Fergus Heyes on or call 01942 318090 for more information about Football 4 Forces.

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