Community Trust coach Craig Mahon set to face Latics for Chester in pre-season opener this weekend at the Swansway Chester Stadium.
- Community Trust Coach Craig Mahon set to feature for Chester against Latics in first pre-season fixture.
- Mahon, who is a former Wigan Athletic professional and nephew of Latics icon Alan Mahon, oversees the Kids on the Move project which aims to get three and four year olds more school ready.
- Project is backed by Wigan Council and Children in Need and runs across the Wigan Borough.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust Coach Craig Mahon will be swapping allegiances on Saturday as he swaps Latics colours for Chester ones in the friendly between the two sides.
Mahon has been a coach for the Trust over the past eight years and currently oversees the Kids on the Move project, an initiative which works with youngsters and their families from Start Well centres across the Wigan Borough to enhance life chances and help them become more school ready.
The project was launched last year and received funding for three years from Children in Need and Wigan Council following a successful pilot scheme.
The former Wigan Athletic pro, who has further Latics allegiances through his Uncle - Alan Mahon – said: “Kids on the move is a project that is designed to help Wigan school kids be more school ready.
“We try and focus on progressing them with agility, balance and co-ordination and also develop their personal, social and motion skills and their communication and language.
“It also helps with their writing, their communication in class and we do a lot of lessons in sharing so they can interact with other kids and have confidence to play with each other.
“It’s all round fun for the children and it gets them out. It gets them outside and that’s what we are trying to do.”
As well as working for the Trust, Craig also plays for National League North side Chester and is likely to feature for The Seals in Saturday’s friendly at the Swansway Chester Stadium.
Mahon is a former Latics player having come through the ranks before he signed his first professional contract in 2008. But despite being released after three years, he has always kept a link with the club becoming a coach for the Community Trust.
He said: “Obviously I played for Wigan when I was younger and I enjoyed every moment with the club.
“Through the qualifications I got there, I started working for the Community Trust and since I’ve been living in England I’ve always been involved with Wigan Athletic.
“So having been with Chester for seven years it will be a strange one putting on the strip of Chester and playing against the strip I wear during the day.
“It’s a strange feeling but I’m really looking forward to it. The managers [at Chester] have worked us hard during pre-season, so hopefully we can go out there and give Wigan a good game.”
For more information about the Kids on the Move programme, please email Wigan Athletic Community Trust's Community Development Manager Wes Partington on email@example.com or call 01942 318090.