Latics have recently started running weekly football taster sessions for children and young people who attend Wigan mosque.
- Football taster sessions take place at Wigan Soccerdome every week.
- Sulaiman, 57, attends Wigan mosque and his sons take part in sessions.
- Saturday’s fixture to celebrate the work of Kick It Out and Together.
As part of the club’s work to engage with all communities across the borough, Wigan Athletic have recently started delivering weekly football taster sessions to young members of Wigan mosque.
Coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust Trust run football activities for children and young people from the mosque at Wigan Soccerdome every Tuesday evening from 6pm-7pm.
Saturday’s game against Brentford will see Latics celebrate the work of Kick It Out and the club’s Together programme of equality and diversity, with a football tournament to be held at Robin Park Arena from midday for under-represented groups, of which members of the mosque will take part.
Sulaiman Nasrat, 57, who attends Wigan mosque and his sons Ayoub and Luckman take part in the football sessions, said: “It’s a very positive link for the mosque and a number of us have been looking at ways we could get our children involved in regular football activity, so we're grateful from the bottom of our hearts to Wigan Athletic.
“It’s great for our children to be involved with Wigan Athletic Community Trust in this capacity because they can get to know each other more and make new friends.
“I know some of them go to school together but it’s important for them to meet outside of a school setting and we’re happy that the club have provided us with this opportunity.”
Sulaiman feels the new relationship will prove beneficial for the younger members of the mosque who he believes will now grow up to be Latics supporters.
“It’s very inspiring for us to be a part of the club because we all love football and Wigan Athletic are our local team so we want to get behind them and show them how much we care.
“The children will look up to the players when they see them playing on a Saturday afternoon and they’ll want to go to all of the games then which is a great thing.
“Me and my boys are football mad and to be honest most of the people who go to the mosque all love football and are always talking about it.”
For more information about the sessions, please email Senior Community Development Coordinator Steve Eastwood on email@example.com 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.