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26 March 2019

Wigan Athletic Community Trust's new Extra Time Hub project is part of the club's commitment to become an age-friendly organisation.

  • Frank is part of the new Extra-Time Hub project at the DW Stadium.
  • Initiative will take place at the home of Latics every Tuesday afternoon.
  • Participants to enjoy a number of fun and exciting activities.

“People sometimes need that impetus to go somewhere and meet people and this scheme will do that,” claims 72-year-old Frank Woolley after the launch of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s new Extra Time Hub project.

An initiative aimed at increasing the amount of activities available to retired and semi-retired people across Wigan, Extra Time Hub will take place at the DW Stadium every Tuesday from 3.30pm – 5.30pm and will give participants the chance to meet like-minded people and find out more about the opportunities on offer to them.

The project is part of Wigan Athletic’s commitment to becoming a more age-friendly organisation, with the scheme funded by the National Lottery and Sport England and backed by the EFL Trust.

Frank said: “It’s good that these sessions are going to be at the DW Stadium because it’s probably the most well-known venue in Wigan.  

“It’s going to be great to be involved in the sense that it’ll bring people together and give those who maybe don’t come to the DW Stadium very often the opportunity to do so.”

The sessions are designed to bring older people from various communities across Wigan together and to help reduce social isolation.

“The reason I’ve decided to be involved is because I want to meet people, make new friends and feel part of something special.

“I’m very excited by it all and it’s a wonderful opportunity for me. The activities that are going to be on offer each week are excellent and target people of all abilities which is very important.

“We don’t all have the same levels of ability as what we did when we were younger, some people struggle with movement for example, so from that point of view it’s really good.

“Wigan Athletic are known throughout the country, not just in Wigan, so the fact that we’re going to be coming to their wonderful stadium every week is something I’m very much looking forward to.”

For more information about the Extra Time Hub, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Extra Time Hub Activator Christine Blundell on or call 01942 318090.

Wigan Athletic Football Club, Wigan Athletic Community Trust and the DW Stadium are committed to respecting and promoting equality and diversity across all its activities through Together. 

Click here for more information about Together.

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