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20 March 2018

Pathway 2 Participation helps young people with social and behavioural problems or those at risk from exclusion at school.

  • EFL Day of Action showcases the work of all 72 EFL clubs.
  • Christian Walton and James Vaughan visit mentoring scheme.
  • Pathway 2 Participation funded by Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council.

Latics duo Christian Walton and James Vaughan met youngsters on Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s innovative Pathway 2 Participation mentoring programme as part of the EFL Day of Action.

The pair took part in a mentoring exercise with nine young people where they shared their knowledge and experiences before enjoying a game of FootGolf at Haigh Woodland Park. 

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Wigan Council, over 300 youngsters aged 12-19 years old have taken part in Pathway 2 Participation, a scheme designed to help young people with social and behavioural problems or those at risk from exclusion at school.

Sam Brooks, Year 9 pupil at Golborne High School, said: “The session was really good. I didn’t think it was going to be as good as it was but it was so much fun. The best thing about it was just being able to talk to professional footballers and to get advice from them.

He added: “It was very inspiring because I never thought I’d be able to get the chance to do something like this. The players have gone through what we’re going through and it was just so good to meet them. It’s a day I’ll never forget and it will stay with me a long time.”

The EFL Day of Action is a celebration of all 72 EFL clubs and is an opportunity to showcase the work done to tackle issues in society across education, health, community inclusion and participation.

James Vaughan, said: “The kids were great and it was nice to be able to interact with them and listen to them about their experiences and vice versa. Pathway 2 Participation really seems to have had a massive impact on their lives so credit to everyone involved.

He added: “The EFL Day of Action is brilliant and it’s fantastic that every club is coming together and have an opportunity to be involved in such an event. Young people are the future of the game so the challenge is to keep them interested in sport and keep on improving.”

Christian Walton, said: “The Community Trust at this club is really good and the opportunities they provide for young people are exciting. I’ve only been here for a few months but in that time I’ve seen just how good their work is and it was great to be involved in this event.”

For more information about the Pathway 2 Participation, please contact Dave Coppin on 01942 318090 or email

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