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26 March 2019

The FA People’s Cup is a small-sided competition which is completely free to enter and welcomes male, female and disability players.

  • Latics won all three of their fixtures to progress to the national finals.
  • Players will represent the club at the finals at St George's Park in April.
  • Every Player Counts aims to get people with disabilities involved in sport.

With a total of 4,500 teams in 15 different categories of the FA People’s Cup when the competition started in February, Wigan Athletic’s adult disability football team will be one of 98 sides heading to the national finals weekend in April after winning the regional semi-final in Sheffield last Sunday.

The team are part of Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Every Player Counts project - a scheme aimed at getting more people with disabilities involved in football and sport - and attend weekly training sessions before representing Latics in the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League.

The players won all three of their fixtures in South Yorkshire to progress to the finals weekend which will take place at St George’s Park, The FA’s National Football Centre and home of England’s teams.

Mike Stoneley, Sport and Cohesion Coach at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said: “I’m so proud of the players for the way they worked as a team and for the way they represented Latics on the day. They were a credit to the club and are all so excited to be heading to the finals weekend in April.”

The FA People’s Cup is a small-sided competition which is completely free to enter and welcomes male, female and disability players across 15 categories - ranging from 11+ through to veterans.

The Community Trust will be entering a team of runners into this year’s Wigan 10k on Sunday 1st September 2019 to raise money for the Every Player Counts project. Supporters wishing to run with the Trust’s staff will receive free entry into the race and be given a free Latics t-shirt to take part in.

Each runner will be asked to raise a minimum of £100 sponsorship and the person who raises the most money will win hospitality for two people to a Wigan Athletic home game.

Please email Senior Community Engagement Coordinator Ian Gaskell on or call 01942 318090 if you wish to run the race.

For more information about Every Player Counts, please email Joe Pym 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.

For more information about Together, please click here.

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