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WIGAN ATHLETIC COMMUNITY TRUST HELPING TO TACKLE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIOURAL ISSUES ACROSS THE BOROUGH

7 June 2018

Pathway 2 Participation aims to improve youngsters' health and wellbeing while also raising their aspirations and ambitions.

  • Coaching Week 2018 is a celebration of #GreatCoaching in the UK.
  • Pathway 2 Participation is a mentoring programme for 12-19 year olds.
  • Award-winning scheme funded by Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council.

Tasked with supporting the needs of young people in Wigan with social and behavioural problems is Dave Coppin, the lead on the Community Trust’s unique Pathway 2 Participation programme.

Aimed at 12-19 year olds, the scheme sees youngsters take part in various activities designed to improve their health and wellbeing while also raising their aspirations and ambitions, with the Trust working with over 350 people as part of the project.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council, youngsters are referred on a 12-week programme and take part in activities such as team building exercises at Haigh Woodland Park, Heart Start CPR accreditation at Leigh Fire Station, water sport sessions at Scotsman’s Flash and a clean-up of the Leeds to Liverpool canal.

Dave discussed the project as part of UK Coaching Week 2018 and spoke about the success of the programme and the way it has impacted the lives of hundreds of young people across the borough.

He said: “I work with youngsters who are under-advantaged and just need a little bit of support and guidance in their lives to put them on the right path.

“One of the challenges I face is trying to assess the needs of a young person in such a short amount of time as 12 weeks. If they do engage with the work and with me as a person then I can really start to support them fully during the course of the scheme.”

With over 20 years’ experience of coaching and mentoring, Dave believes the knowledge he’s gained over that period proves crucial in his current role.

“Obviously I bring experience to the table and I’ve seen a lot of different situations in my career and worked with a number of challenging young people, so my expertise is definitely a plus.

“A lot of the people I work with know what they want to say and do but don’t know how to put that across, so it’s important that I listen to them and listen well.

“Sometimes it’s something as simple as having someone to sit with and talk to, and in my opinion listening is a big part of coaching and that probably gets taken for granted now and again.”

Dave’s work has been recognised nationally with the programme winning honours at both the EFL Awards and the North West Football Awards.

“The project has gone very, very well and a key to it going so well is that we’ve created an environment where young people can learn and flourish as individuals.

“We’ve worked with a number of youngsters who haven’t particularly had a very good time with their education for example or their attendance in school has been poor, so during the 12 weeks we work with them we try to change their attitude and just generally improve them as people.”

For more information about UK coaching week, please click here.

Please email d.coppin@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Pathway 2 Participation programme.


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