EFL North West Community Club of the Year – Wigan Athletic – continue to support many areas of their community during a challenging period for the nation.

Working with Wigan Council and other partners, staff delivered 2000 face masks to care homes in the borough thanks to monies raised by the club’s supporters, academy and players, whilst over 500 food parcels have been delivered to those most vulnerable in the community.

The club’s chief executive, first team manager and Community Trust staff have also made over 600 phone calls to Wigan Athletic season ticket holders over the age of 65, to ensure the welfare of our supporters and check they have all the support they need.

Wigan Athletic’s Head of Community, Tom Flower, said: “Wigan Athletic Community Trust is committed to improving health, enhancing life chances and creating stronger and safer communities in Wigan. We recognise that during the current challenges society faces, we have as important a role as we ever have in ensuring we work with our partners to help our community and those most in need of support.”

Members of Wigan Athletic’s Extra Time Hub programme have received a special delivery from staff, which includes goodie bags dropped off containing equipment to keep members physically and mentally active. The bags include, items such as gardening seeds, a resistance band and exercise sheets.

Schools across the borough are also receiving support from staff, the Trust continues to offer live virtual lessons on a number of PSHE topics including self-esteem, plastic pollution, teamwork, with Latics first team player Chey Dunkley taking part in a short Q&A in a lesson on diversity.

The partnership with local organisations including Wigan Youth Zone has also seen staff provide regular sport sessions at the facility for looked-after children, as well as working alongside Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles in offering fitness sessions to members in the community in recovery.

150 sports bags were delivered by Trust staff to families and pre-school children across the borough without access to internet in their homes and over 600 activity packs were also delivered to primary school youngsters to keep them physically and mentally active whilst at home.

Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux said: “On behalf of Wigan Council I can’t thank Wigan Athletic Community Trust enough for the fantastic work they do in our community across the borough throughout the year. The work they’ve been doing during this current crisis has certainly been appreciated by all and is a fine example of our partnership working.”

Resources and activities for all ages can be found on the club’s official website at https://wiganathletic.com/covid-19.

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