Oliver has taken part, volunteered and worked on the Kicks scheme and has inspired others through his dedication and work ethic.
- Community Trust coach recognised for his hard work and commitment.
- Kicks Hero celebrates ten years of the Premier League’s scheme.
- FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce presented Oliver his award.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust coach Oliver Carrick was presented with his Premier League Kicks Hero award at Saturday night’s World Cup Charity Ball at the DW Stadium.
Oliver, 19, received his award from FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce and Head of Community Tom Flower at an event which celebrated and raised funds for the work of the club’s official charity, while also wishing captain Sam Morsy good luck ahead of this year’s World Cup.
As part of the decade celebration of the Kicks programme, a youth outreach scheme that aims to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities through the development of young peoples’ potential, Oliver was awarded with a personalised Premier League Kicks Hero comic illustration.
He started his journey with Kicks by attending his first session at Hag Fold in 2008 and later enrolled onto the Trust’s BTEC Level 2 course before being offered a full-time apprenticeship where he was able to combine his education with volunteering. He is now studying a University of South Wales degree as well as delivering Kicks across Wigan and encouraging youngsters to follow in his steps.
Oliver said: “I feel very proud to be nominated as the Kicks Hero for Wigan and love attending and volunteering at sessions. The programme has helped me to develop my confidence and I hope my story can inspire other young people to work hard and achieve great things.
He added: “I’m really enjoying my role with the Community Trust which has given me the opportunity to realise my dream of becoming a coach. It’s a great feeling to receive the award and it will give me the motivation to keep doing well so I can achieve my ambitions.”
In its first decade, Premier League Kicks has engaged more than 180,000 young people in weekly football, sport and personal development sessions held at local community venues across the UK, with a total of 68 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs running the programme.
Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We’re so proud of Oliver and it’s been great to see his development from a shy Kicks participant to a member of staff for the Community Trust. He’s always showed great commitment and a willingness to help staff.
He added: “He’s a fantastic role model to other Kicks participants and Emmerson and I were delighted to present him his award in recognition of his dedication to the Trust.”
For more information about Wigan Athletic Kicks, please contact Senior Community Development Co-ordinator Tom Drake on 01942 318090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.