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WIGAN ATHLETIC TO SUPPORT FIRST EVER FESTIVAL OF AGEING

26 March 2018

Festival of Ageing forms part of the Ambition for Ageing scheme which aims to create more age friendly places and empower people to live fulfilling lives.

  • Greater Manchester wide festival to take place from Monday 2nd July to Sunday 15th July.
  • Wigan Athletic Community Trust to host a celebration at the DW Stadium on Thursday 5th July.
  • Festival aims to portray a more positive view of ageing across Greater Manchester. 

As part of the club's commitment to becoming a more age-friendly organisation, Latics are backing the first ever Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing to be held in July this year.

The festival for over 50’s is being funded by Ambition for Ageing and the Big Lottery Fund and will take place between Monday 2nd July and Sunday 15th July.

And as part of the celebrations Wigan Athletic Community Trust are organising their own Festival of Ageing at the DW Stadium on Thursday 5th July (12pm-4pm). Activities on offer will include music and dance, cycling, walking football and stadium tours with refreshments available.

Working with partners including Wigan Council, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and Age UK Wigan Borough, the event will also give over 50s the chance to find out what other activities are on offer for them across Wigan.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Festival of Ageing programme in Wigan and the event in July will be a good opportunity to showcase all the great activities already on offer to older people in the town.

He added: “Over the past 12 months we have launched a number of new programmes for over 50s and are keen to do more so we’ll also be using the day to find out what else we can do to support older residents in Wigan.”

As well as the event at the DW Stadium, there is an opportunity for organisations in Wigan to apply for small grants from Festival of Ageing organisers 4CT, a Manchester based charity, to be able to run their own event during the fortnight long celebration.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, said: “We need to celebrate older people and the older age because it’s a big advantage in making Greater Manchester an age-friendly place. We want to give older people the opportunity to express all their gifts, talents and skills and to show people that being elderly isn’t the end of everything, but instead perhaps the beginning.”

Festival of Ageing forms part of the Ambition for Ageing scheme, a £10.2 million Greater Manchester wide programme aimed at creating more age friendly places and empowering people to live fulfilling lives. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme, which aims to reduce social isolation in older people.

John Hannen, Programme Manager for Ambition for Ageing, said: “The festival will allow us to show how older people contribute to make Greater Manchester the place it is. We want to change the way people think about the places we live and grow older in. We hope to help people recognise the opportunities of an ageing population through the energy and experience of our older friends, neighbours and family members.”

To register your interest in the Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing or to find out more information about the small grants on offer, please visit www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/festival or phone 0161 230 1438.

For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s activities for older people, please call Sports Engagement Coordinator Fergus Heyes on 01942 318090 or email f.heyes@wiganathletic.com

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.

Click here for more information about Together.


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