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10 February 2019

Learn more about the exciting educational opportunities available to you with Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

  • Event to be held on Wednesday 13th February from 6pm-7.30pm.
  • Study education programmes with Wigan Athletic’s official charity.
  • All attendees will receive a free ticket to the game against Stoke City.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust will host an Education Open Evening before Latics' game against Stoke City at the DW Stadium on Wednesday night.

The event takes place between 6pm-7.30pm in the East Stand Family Zone, and attendees will receive a free match ticket to the game that evening (K.O 7.45pm).

The Community Trust offer a number of educational opportunities to young people, including the National Citizen Service, 12 week traineeships, Level 2 and Level 3 Study Programmes, Level 3 PE and School Sport coaching apprenticeships and a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching.

Benefits include FA Level 1 and 2 coaching badges, first aid, safeguarding certificates and experience working in a variety of different settings.

Breakdown of the Community Trust’s education programmes:


What will you do? Work placements in sports coaching, catering, hospitality, events, maintenance or media. English and Maths functional skills, health and safety certificate, Sport Level 1 qualifications, employability and CV building.

What do you get out of it and why should you do it? Work experience, english, maths, sport and health and safety qualifications, Wigan Athletic kit and job application support.

How long is it for? 12 weeks

Exit routes? Level 2/apprenticeship programme, employment or volunteering.

Football and Education programme:

What will you do? Combine classroom education with work experience by assisting in schools and representing Wigan Athletic Community Trust in the Community Education and Football Alliance League.

What do you get out of it and why should you do it? A range of Level 1,2 and 3 qualifications, including an FA Level 1 coaching badge, Wigan Athletic kit, work experience opportunities and travel expenses.

How long is it for? 1 year

Exit routes? Apprenticeship programme, employment or other study programmes.


What will you do? Assist the delivery of PE and sports sessions in schools and the community. 

What do you get out of it and why should you do it? National apprenticeship wage, NVQ Level 3 diploma in PE and School Sport, Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness, Level 2 multi-skills, FA Level 1 coaching football badge, first aid and safeguarding certificates and Wigan Athletic kit.

How long is it for? 18 month contract

Exit routes? Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development and potential part-time contracts working for the Community Trust. 

University of South Wales Foundation Degree:

What will you do? Long-distance learning in partnership with the EFL Trust and University of South Wales studying a Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development and gaining practical work experience across a range of Community Trust projects.

What do you get out of it and why should you do it? Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development, work experience and opportunities to apply for students loans.

How long is it for? 2 years

Exit routes? Employment or BSc (Hons) in Football Coaching, Development and Administration (Top Up)

National Citizen Service (NCS)

What will you do? Four-week programme designed to provide young people aged 15-17 with new life-changing experiences. Whether you're a daredevil or creative genius, talkative or more reserved, you'll be surprised by how much you are actually capable of, coming away with a host of new skills and bags of confidence.

Week 1: Outbound adventure activities

Week 2: University week

Week 3: Social action project (planning a community project)

Week 4: Social action delivery

What do you get out of it and why should you do it? It will boost your UCAS statement and CV as well as show potential employers that you have different skill sets. You will also meet new people, get your voice heard and have a lot of fun while doing so!

Exit routes? Further education, employment or training and opportunities for paid and voluntary positions, with potential to be part of Wigan Athletic's NCS Youth Board.

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