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25 April 2019

The 19-year-old's tremendous work off the pitch for Latics acknowledged with the PFA Community Champion trophy.

  • Reece recognised for his commitment to the local community.
  • He has attended various community activities during the season.
  • Youngster visited St Andrew’s Primary School with Jamie Jones today.

Reece James was today named the club’s PFA Community Champion for his outstanding contribution to Wigan Athletic Community Trust during the 2018/19 campaign.

He was presented with his award by pupils at St Andrew’s Primary School, where he and Latics goalkeeper Jamie Jones took part in a Healthy Hearts CPR session with the school’s youngsters.

The 19-year-old – recently named in the Sky Bet Championship team of the season – was given the award for his commitment to the local community while on loan at the club from Chelsea.

He has taken part in various Community Trust activities at Ince CE Primary School, Hope School, St Marie’s Primary School and St Andrew’s Primary School, and also met service users from Latics’ charity of the season – The Brick – at the club’s training centre during the Christmas period.

After receiving his award, he said: “I’ve really enjoyed being involved with the Community Trust this season and I’ve made some fantastic memories. The people I’ve met have been great with me and if I’ve managed to make a small difference to their lives in some way then that’s a positive.

He added: “Community is important at every club and the work that goes on at Wigan has been really good to see. The coaches put smiles on faces and have a huge impact on lots of people, so to share that experience with them has been brilliant and it’s a real honour to win this award.”

First team, Development Squad and U18s players have made numerous community appearances throughout the 2018/19 season, ranging from working with people with disabilities to attending Premier League Kicks football sessions to taking part in educational activities and more.

Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic, said: “Reece has made a massive contribution both on and off the pitch this season and I’d like to personally thank him and all of the club's players for their efforts with the Community Trust. He has a left a lasting impression on people and is a great role model.”

Please email or call 01942 318090 for more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

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