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WIGAN YOUNGSTERS PUT BUSINESS SKILLS TO THE TEST TO GET MORE CHILDREN PHYSICALLY ACTIVE

26 November 2018

Children from eight different primary schools presented their ideas of how to get pupils more active to a panel of judges.

  • Wigan primary schools Enterprise Challenge held at the DW Stadium.
  • Children were tasked with coming up with ways to get pupils more active.
  • Winners were Newfold, St John’s, Abram and St Marie’s primary schools.

Additional activities for girls, young people with disabilities and poor mental health were among the ideas around how to get more children from primary schools across Wigan physically active at a special business competition at the DW Stadium last week.

More than 40 pupils from eight primary schools across the borough put their skills to the test as they competed in the first ever Wigan Primary Schools Enterprise Challenge.

Organised in partnership between Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Wigan School Games and Greater Sport, pupils presented their ideas to a panel of judges about how to get youngsters from underrepresented groups in their schools physically active and taking part in regular sport.

Cathy Robinson, Your School Games Organiser of the Year, said: “We really wanted to do something different but still use school sport as a vehicle to get more people active, and we were so impressed by the children’s work and passion towards the competition. Their efforts were fantastic and they were a credit to their schools.

She added: “One thing that became very clear is that school sport is in very safe hands with the young people of Wigan. I’m really proud to be involved and work alongside the staff at the Community Trust to ensure we get the very best for the children in our area.”

Winners on the day were Newfold, St John’s, Abram and St Marie’s primary schools, who received a combined total of £750 to purchase new PE and sport equipment for their schools.

Ashton Evans, Year 6 pupil at the Keys Federation, said: “It was amazing, I’m a big Latics fan but had never been to the DW Stadium before so it was really good to come here and take part. I’ve loved being a part of the project and working with my friends and boosting my confidence.”

Competing in the event were the Community Trust’s School of the Week, St David’s Haigh, who visited the club’s training centre for a tour of the facility and to meet the players before earlier in the week before being special guests at Saturday’s game against Reading.

Sarah Stubbs, PE teacher at the school, said: “We had a number of pupils in our team who weren’t very confident speaking in front of other people, but they went up on the stage and we were just amazed by the way they conducted themselves and how they performed.”

Please email Wigan Athletic Community Trust's Schools Services Manager Gareth Nolan on g.nolan@wiganathletic.com or call 01942 318090 for more information about the Trust's primary school provision. 


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