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SCHOOLS PREPARE FOR PL TOURNAMENT FINALS

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16:07 2nd May 2013

by Tom Flower

Shaun Maloney, Ben Watson and Gary Caldwell show their support to local schools preparing for national finals.

As Wigan Athletic prepare for their first ever FA Cup Final appearance, three of the Club’s first team stars called into a Wigan primary school to wish their football team good luck in their own pursuit of silverware.

Highfield St Matthews Primary school will represent the Club in the finals of the Under 11 Premier League Schools competition at Anfield in May and midfielders Shaun Maloney, Ben Watson and club captain Gary Caldwell visited the school the players with their very own Latics kits to wear for the tournament.

The three players joined coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust in putting the youngsters through their paces before presenting with their kits in front of a school assembly.

Maloney, who scored the Latics opening goal in the FA Cup Semi-final victory said: “It’s great that the youngsters are getting the chance to represent the club in a tournament and play at Anfield.

“Hopefully they’ll enjoy it as much as we did playing at Wembley and do just as well.”

The Premier League Schools Tournament is designed to increase participation in football for boys and girls and offers schools across the country the chance to team up with their local Premier League club.

Highfield St Matthews, earned to right to play at Anfield after beating off competition from 44 other schools during the Wigan heat of the competition in March.

The Under 13 Girls Competition was won by Deanery High School and they will join Highfield St Matthews in the finals in Liverpool. They will be hoping to replicate last season’s Latics representatives St Peters High School who were crowned champions at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

For more information about the Premier League Schools Tournament please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or e-mail community@wiganathelticct.com.

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