Following an unprecedented 12 months, Wigan Athletic Community Trust have today released a report detailing the massive impact they have had in their community. The report details the wide range of activities that the Trust deliver; from helping 117 children aged under 4 to be more school ready to delivering over 3,000 facemasks to care homes and other NHS hubs. From helping men lose weight as part of the FIT LATICS programme to helping previously unemployed young people gain employment.
The report is split into two sections reviewing six months of activity whilst also looking at the work and the impact of the Trust during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the football club collectively showed its value to the community with players and management making calls to supporters and the delivery of essential PPE equipment to care homes. The Community Trust also provided free sports coaching to targeted children, which also included a free lunch.
The Trust works in partnership with Wigan Athletic to Improve Health, Enhance Life Chances and Create Stronger, Safer Communities.
The charity 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, said: “It has certainly been a challenging and difficult 12-month period in the history of Wigan Athletic.
“As the club’s official charity we have continued to serve the people of Wigan and the surrounding area, ensuring critical support to the borough when it was needed more than ever.
“The work we do wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the football club, as well as national and local partners including Wigan Council, the Premier League, PFA and EFL Trust who I’d like to thank for their ongoing support.
“The staff should be very proud of their hard work and for responding and adapting so well to new challenges facing our community and I hope supporters take great pride in reading about the positive impact we have had.”
To view the Impact Report, please click here.