Dave is vital to the partnership between Wigan Youth Zone and Latics and manages the facility's football offering.
- Dave Philp is Wigan Athletic’s Football Officer at Wigan Youth Zone.
- The facility boasts four state-of-the-art floodlit football pitches.
- Latics use the centre to host tournaments, leagues and other events.
Attracting up to 200 youngsters each night, Wigan Youth Zone is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and provides an array of exciting opportunities for young people, including football and sport.
The facility boasts four floodlit football pitches, funded by the Premier League, with Wigan Athletic Community Trust regularly using the centre to host tournaments, leagues and multi-sports sessions.
Tasked with managing Wigan Youth Zone’s football related activity is Dave Philp, with his role as Wigan Athletic Football Officer key to the partnership between the charity and Latics.
Members of Wigan Youth Zone will be in attendance at Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion, where they will host their ‘Big Day Out’ in the Family Zone from 1.30pm.
Dave said: “The children get a big kick out of being associated with Wigan Athletic. They really enjoy the presence of the Community Trust’s coaches and the professionalism they bring to each football session.
“The partnership is working really well so to have that positive connection with Latics is great because it gives young people so much inspiration."
Wigan Youth Zone gives young people the chance to meet friends, have new experiences, learn skills and access the support needed to develop and achieve their potential.
“We try and open youngsters’ minds up to what’s possible in life because we’ve got so much to offer and the opportunities really are endless.
“If you’re into art then we’ve got an art room, if you’re into dance then we have a dance studio, if media is your thing then we have a TV and radio station and if you’re into sports then we have the lot, so the list is endless."
The facility strives to offer something for everyone aged 8 to 21, regardless of interests or abilities, and Dave believes the centre is vital for so many young people across Wigan.
“We offer advice on different pathways so they have more of an understanding about the career they’d like to pursue, so the staff here play a really important role in their lives.
“The facility is fun and energetic, but more than that it’s a safe place for young people to go to and do something worthwhile with their time.
“More than 200 young people visit us every night, so the question you ask yourself is where would those 200 go if the Youth Zone wasn’t here?
“It’s a place for them to go to and harness their energies but more importantly make special memories.”
Visit www.wiganyouthzone.org to find out more about Wigan Youth Zone.