Wigan Athletic Community Trust have this week are delighted to release their latest report, which demonstrates the positive impact on more than 12,000 people in Wigan and the surrounding area over the past year.
The Community Trust works in partnership with Wigan Athletic to Improve Health, Enhance Life Chances and Create Stronger, Safer Communities. The charity were described as a ‘revelation’ and a ‘life-changing’ organisation in the report, and has three priority areas of work: Schools, Community Development, Training and Skills, and aims to:
- Increase participation in sport across all levels of society – particularly those from underrepresented groups
- Encourage young people and families to lead healthier and more active lifestyles
- Improve the skills, aspirations and achievements of young people
- Contribute towards increased community cohesion by improving the quality of life for young people and families.
Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust, said:
“Last year we launched our new vision for the next three years, so it’s great for us to be able to look back on our work over the past 12 months to see the incredible results that have been achieved.
“Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of Wigan Athletic, and national and local partners such as the Premier League, EFL Trust, PFA and Wigan Council, who I wish to take this opportunity to thank.”
Phillip Williams, Chair of Trustees, said:
“On behalf of the Trustees I’d like to thank all staff for their continued hard work and for the way they conduct themselves with such passion when wearing the Latics badge. They’re a credit not only to the Community Trust but to the football club as a whole.”
First team players make hundreds of appearances at Community Trust events throughout the season, with sessions ranging from coaching pupils in primary schools to taking part in walking football activities.
Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive and Trustee of the Community Trust, said:
“I’m extremely proud of the charity and the important part it plays in the day to day operation of the football club. This report is testimony to the outstanding work and commitment of its staff to improve the lives of people living in Wigan and surrounding areas.”
To read the Impact Report, please click here.