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Barratt And Wigan Athletic Team Up For Football Scheme

Tue 26th Nov 2013 | Marketing & PR

A football coaching programme for school pupils with special educational needs in Wigan has been saved after the Barratt Legacy Programme stepped in to join forces with Wigan Athletic.

The programme was operated by Wigan Athletic’s Community Trust until the start of the summer, when funding for the scheme ended. This meant football coaching programmes at Hope High School and College, Kingsbury Primary School, Oakfield High School, New Greenhall School and Landgate School could not restart this term.

But when housebuilder Barratt heard that the programme needed help, they agreed to step in and revive the scheme for the rest of the school year.

Now, in association with the Barratt Legacy programme, local children with special educational needs will get an hour of coaching from Wigan Athletic once a week. The sessions will greatly improving pupils’ wellbeing, using sport to enrich their experience of school.

“In the past when we have run this programme we have seen significant benefits with the pupils we coach,” said Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

“It is a fun way for them to get active and enjoy sport and that has a knock-on effect by helping youngsters get fitter and healthier and it is a great way for us as their local football club to connect with them.”

Barratt Legacy director Jason Newton said that teaming up with the Wigan Athletic Community Trust to deliver the schools programme was important for the community.

“Everybody knows how important sport an active lifestyle is for children,” he said.

“That is why we are proud to help ensure that these five schools in Wigan are able to access the high-quality, fun coaching Wigan Athletic’s Community Trust offers.

“Hopefully restarting this programme will give the youngsters who take part the chance to develop a passion for sport that will last a lifetime and help them lead a healthy lifestyle.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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