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WIGAN & LEIGH COLLEGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY CELEBRATE SUCCESS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WIGAN ATHLETIC COMMUNITY TRUST

24 May 2019

Collaboration between Wigan & Leigh College Football Academy and Wigan Athletic Community Trust proving successful as College wins Association of Colleges Sport North West League.

  • Wigan & Leigh College Football Academy celebrate success in partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust
  • Students at the College benefit from four hours per week of professional coaching from Community Trust coaches
  • Head of Sport at the College, Paul Heald, said: “The partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust has been an outstanding success, the players have developed their game considerably as the season has progressed and the coaches have been pivotal in achieving this.”

Wigan Athletic Community Trust are delighted to see their partnership with Wigan & Leigh College Football Academy bearing fruits as the collaboration has helped the academy to win the Association of Colleges Sport North West League.

The partnership started in September 2018 and students benefit from four hours per week of professional coaching from Trust coaches, which supported their skill development as well as their aspirations and future careers.

For example, Rob Boardman, is captain of the team and he is set to stay on at the College to complete a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching with ambitions to become a PE Teacher in the future.

He said: “Winning the league means this has been a good season for us.

“Training and learning from professional coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust has been great. It’s been a different experience for us and it has helped to develop us as players and made for a good challenge for the team.”

The team trains at the Centre of Excellence in Sport at the College and they take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities at Leigh Sports Village.

Head of Sport, Phil Heald, added:

“The partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust has been an outstanding success, the players have developed their game considerably as the season has progressed and the coaches have been pivotal in achieving this.

“This is exciting times for our Centre of Excellence because a number of the students will remain, which provides an excellent platform for further success next season.

“I’d encourage any school leavers to come along and look at our facilities including our Rugby Category 3 Academy, which has a strong partnership with Leigh Centurions.”gan 


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