Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie and striker Callum McManaman visited a primary school this week to support Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s Latics Literacy education project.
Latics Literacy uses football to help children between the ages of 8 and ten improve their reading and writing skills and is currently working with over 250 young people a week.
Fraser and Callum visited Brookfield Primary School in Skelmersdale where they took part in a football and sport session alongside 30 children and coaches from Latics in the Community.
“Both me and Fraser were happy to help out at the sessions,” said Callum, “getting young people to read more is really important and it’s great that the club is working with so many schools.”
The Latics Literacy project has been running since 2007 and every year works with 30 primary schools.
The course is run over ten weeks with coaches from Latics in the Community visiting the schools each week to deliver both a classroom and sport session.
As part of the scheme, children get the chance to visit their local library and take part in reading challenges and competitions including writing their own comic strips.
Assessment of the programme has shown that 88% of participants improve their reading ability by the end of the course.
Latics Literacy is funded by the Premier League/PFA Community Fund – for more information please contact Gareth Nolan in Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.