“There was never anything like this when I was growing up so this course is great for young people in Wigan”

Wigan Athletic duo Callum McManaman and Josh Windass delivered a special training session to Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Football and Education students on Monday afternoon.

The pair helped to develop and improve the skills and techniques of students – who have been studying with the Trust since September 2018 – through a number of different activities.

The one-year course is aimed at youngsters aged 16-18 years old and includes three days of education studying with the Trust, work placements delivering PE in primary schools across Wigan and the opportunity to represent Latics in the EFL Community & Education Football Alliance (CEFA).

As part of the course, learners play fixtures at Christopher Park, home of Latics’ academy teams, work towards an FA Level 1 certificate in football coaching and enjoy volunteering opportunities.

Callum, the Community Trust’s sponsored player for the 2018/19 season, said: “There was never anything like this around when I was growing up so for the club to be able to offer this course through the Community Trust is great for the young people of Wigan.

He added: “It was a good session to be fair and the lads really seemed to take on board what was being said to them, so hopefully they’ll take some tips away from it and become better coaches.”

Liam Sweeney, Football and Education student, said: “It’s a very enjoyable course because I’ve always wanted to work in football and the programme is just really fun. I’m more knowledgeable now, have gained new experiences and picked up key skills that have made me a better person.”

To apply or for more information about the next programme starting September 2019, please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Education Officer Liam Sealey on 01942 318090 or email l.sealey@wiganathletic.com.