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6 September 2018

Healthy Hearts aims to increase awareness of making healthy lifestyle choices and to increase the amount of young people trained in CPR.

  • A total of 2,098 youngsters took part in Healthy Hearts initiative.
  • Latics worked with 40 primary schools across Wigan Borough.
  • Project is part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme.

More than 2,000 children from 40 primary schools across Wigan have received life-saving training in how to deliver CPR as part of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Healthy Hearts project.

FA Cup winning captain Emmerson Boyce and Olympian Jenny Meadows launched the scheme at the DW Stadium in January 2018 which was run in partnership with the North West Ambulance Service.

Healthy Hearts is part of the Premier League Primary Stars programme, and aims to increase awareness of the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices and to increase the amount of young people trained in CPR to potentially decrease the number of cardiac arrest deaths.

Mark Grogan, Head Teacher at St George’s CE Primary School, said: “As a school we were so proud to be involved in the project because the skills the children gained are ones we wanted them to pick up and have for life. It’s great that Wigan Athletic gave us the opportunity to be involved.

He added: “The children will be able to use the skills now on a day to day basis should they need to, and it’s just been an outstanding initiative so I’d like to thank the Community Trust for their work.”

Less than one in 10 people survive a cardiac arrest in the UK – with 270 children dying each year – so Hindsford Primary School pupil Sam Anderson felt taking part in the project was a real benefit.

He said: “I enjoy exercise and playing with my friends, but I never really thought about the things I ate, so Healthy Hearts has made me think about that more and encouraged me to have a healthy snack instead of something like chocolate or crisps because it’s much better for me.”

Sessions also include how to recognise a heart attack and a cardiac arrest and the steps needed to take to help an unconscious person.

Jenny, Trustee of the Community Trust, said: “The project has been such a success, and I’ve even picked up skills I never knew before so I’m now really versed in CPR after working with the coaches. To see the enthusiasm and the zest for learning the children had for the scheme was special.

She added: “These children are now equipped to deal with the situation should they ever encounter one, but they can also send messages home too so that they’re teaching their families and friends as well. To have the ability to actually save someone’s life is the best skill you could ever have and the fact the Trust have upskilled over 2,000 of our children is absolutely extraordinary.”

For more information about the Healthy Hearts programme, please email Senior School Sports Co-ordinator Amy Riley on or call 01942 318090. 

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