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17 July 2018

Football 4 Forces aims to improve the health and wellbeing of current and former armed forces service people in Wigan Borough.

  • Army donate £5,000 to the Community Trust's Football 4 Forces scheme.
  • Programme aims to support the borough's armed forces community. 
  • Sessions take place weekly at Robin Park Arena and Wigan Youth Zone.

Opportunities for current and former armed forces service people across the borough to better their health have improved thanks to a donation of £5,000 from the British Army.

Football 4 Forces is Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s weekly footballing programme for current or former personnel, with free sessions taking place at Robin Park Arena (5.30pm-7pm) and Wigan Youth Zone (11am-12pm) every Monday and Thursday respectively.

Aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of the borough’s armed forces community, the scheme was launched in 2015 and also helps participants to feel less socially isolated.

In April 2018, Latics designated their home fixture against Rotherham United to Football 4 Forces, with club Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant which officially recognised the value serving personnel, veterans and military families contribute to the club.

Col Ray Hughes, Assistant Commander Headquarters North West, said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Army have once again been able to support the Football 4 Forces project because the programme makes a real difference to the lives of the armed forces community in Wigan.

He added: “The project will continue to thrive and deliver lasting benefits, and we’ll closely work with the Community Trust so that we can identify and develop further opportunities to support, when needed, our network of veterans and their families.”

Participants also have the opportunity to complete various coaching and refereeing qualifications as part of the programme, while also becoming volunteers for the Community Trust, attending Latics fixtures and playing football matches against other clubs and organisations.

In addition, lifestyle workshops are held to raise awareness of subjects such as diet, nutrition, healthy eating, mental health and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

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

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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