Wigan Athletic Football Club has been highly commended for its significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of stadium users and the surrounding community.
The Club were presented with the award by the Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network at the Annual Wigan Sports Awards at the DW Stadium last week.
The Latics are the first professional club in the borough to be awarded “Wigan Healthy Stadia Status” under the Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network and the plaque was presented to the clubs Vice-Chairman Phillip Williams by Associate Director of Public Health for NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan; Jane Pilkington.
Since January the Club and its partners at DW Stadium have been working with HM Partnerships, who manage the boroughs Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network, to carry out a Health Impact Audit of the clubs policies and activities to allow the club to assess its current and potential impact on health and its wider sustainability agenda.
The independent report concluded that: “The club and its Community Trust takes their role in health and wellbeing very seriously and have a broad spectrum of health and wellbeing initiatives set up to work with members of the community and children in the local area. The club is particularly strong in its delivery in the areas of physical activity and education and has excellent and established links with schools.”
Gemma Weston Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Lead who carried out the audit commented: “The club is at the forefront in using the power of sport to support the health and wellbeing agenda”
Tom Flower, Head of Community at Wigan Athletic Community Trust commented: “The Club places great importance on its role and relationship with the Wigan community and is aware of the many health challenges facing the town.
“With the support of the Premier League, the Community Trust is now running a three year project to try and improve the health of Men in Wigan which we hope will be a great success.
“But being part of the Healthy Stadia network is also about recognizing the work that the Club and our partners at DW Stadium have done around providing healthier choices to people using the stadium on both match days and non-match days.”
For more Information on Wigan Healthy Stadia and Sports Club Network please contact: Gemma Weston (0151 928 7830) or firstname.lastname@example.org - or visit the website www.wiganhealthystadia.org.uk.
For more information on health programmes organised by Wigan Athletic Community Trust please contact 01942 488 530 or e-mail email@example.com.