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7 March 2018

Healthy Hearts initiative was launched by FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce and Olympian Jenny Meadows in January.

  • First team stars took part in a Healthy Hearts session
  • Pair delivered CPR training to pupils at St Andrew's Primary School.
  • Alfie Mallalieu, pupil - "I was speechless, it was the best day ever."

As part of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Healthy Hearts initiative, Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs helped to deliver vital CPR training to pupils in Year 6 at St Andrew’s Primary School in Wigan on Tuesday.  

Over 25 children took part in life saving activities with the first team duo, which included how to recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest, how to help an unconscious person, how to perform CPR and the steps needed to take to respond to serious bleeding.

FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce and Olympian Jenny Meadows helped to launch the initiative at the DW Stadium in January, with the Community Trust set to work with over 2,000 children as part of the scheme.

Will said: “It was brilliant to see the children learning something new because it’s such an important skill to have, even for people like ourselves. We both knew how to do CPR but it was good for us to refresh our knowledge because you never know when you might need to use the skill.

He added: “The reactions were incredible. There was so much happiness on their faces and it was honestly amazing to see. We were both blown away by the support that was shown to us from everyone at the school.”

The session was part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, a scheme that uses the appeal of Wigan Athletic to inspire youngsters across the borough, with the club’s award-winning charity working with over 4,000 children and 120 teachers since the project’s launch.

Philip Sharkey, teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, said: “It was wonderful to welcome Will and Michael to the school and for them to be able to help the children to learn skills they’ll now have for the rest of their lives.

He added: “We’re a big Wigan Athletic school and have a number of supporters here so the children’s jaws just dropped as soon as they saw the players. It was such a fantastic moment for us as a school as a whole and the visit will be something we’ll treasure for the rest of our lives.”

Will and Michael later visited pupils in Year 5 who had been writing match reports from the club’s recent FA Cup victory over Manchester City.

Alife Mallalieu, pupil, said: “When the players walked through the door to take part in the session I was just shocked. I started shaking and was speechless, it was the best day ever and I still can’t believe it happened.”

Find out more about the Primary Stars scheme by contacting Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on 01942 318090 or email

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