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WIGAN ATHLETIC NAMED EFL NORTH WEST CHECKATRADE COMMUNITY CLUB OF THE YEAR FOR 2018/19 SEASON

28 February 2019

Latics recognised with the award for second time in three years for the exceptional work of Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

  • Wigan Athletic to be recognised in Parliament on Monday 4th March.
  • Club to be joined by five regional winners at the House of Commons.
  • Overall winner to be named at the EFL Awards on Sunday 7th April. 

Wigan Athletic will be recognised in Parliament for their outstanding community work having been named the EFL North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year as part of the 2019 EFL Awards.

Following the exceptional work of Wigan Athletic Community Trust, the Club will be joined alongside five other EFL regional winners at the House of Commons on Monday 4th March to receive their awards with EFL Interim Chair Debbie Jevans, EFL Chief Executive Officer Shaun Harvey and host Hayley McQueen all confirmed to attend.

The club will then be put forward alongside the five other regional winners for the 2019 Checkatrade Community Club of the Year Award, which will be announced at the EFL Awards on Sunday 7th April in central London.

This is the second time in three years that Latics have won the award, and impressed the judges due to their strategic focus and clarity of impact, plus their impressive reach in their community, particularly with young people - the next generation of fans.

A key Community Trust project that caught the judges’ attention, Pathway 2 Participation, is a mentoring project working with some of the most vulnerable young people in Wigan and within one of the top 10% most deprived neighbourhoods in the country.

The project takes a young person centred approach and works hand in hand with a range of supporting agencies including schools, youth justice agencies and mental health services to help them through the challenges they face.

Wigan Athletic Head of Community Tom Flower, said: “To be recognised twice in three years as the North West Checkatrade Community Club of the Year by the EFL is a great honour and reward for everyone who contributes to improving health, enhancing life chances and creating stronger communities in Wigan on behalf of Wigan Athletic.

“The work we have done in Marsh Green in helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in partnership with Wigan Council and local residents demonstrates the real difference and impact we can have on the lives of young people.”

The six regional winners were selected by an independent judging panel including, The Times’ Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter; Clive Efford MP; Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at The PFA John Hudson; The Daily Mail’s Laura Lambert and the EFL Trust Director of Operations, Mike Evans.

EFL Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “Football Clubs play such an important part in communities up and down the country so it is essential we recognise their fantastic work.

“This is the third time we have held the Parliamentary event to recognise the Checkatrade Community Club of the Year regional winners and I am once again hugely impressed by the dedication and commitment shown by our Clubs in tackling some of the most challenging issues in society.

“They play an important role in dealing with issues such as homelessness, reducing crime and improving health and education. This life-changing work can make a significant difference to some of our most vulnerable people and is testament to the power of football as a force for good.”

Please visit www.efl.com for more information about the 2019 EFL Awards.

For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust, please call 01942 318090 or email community@wiganathletic.com 


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