Students from Standish High School were crowned national basketball champions last weekend when they represented the Latics in the 2013 Premier League 4 Sport National Competition.
Beating off competition from teams across the country, Standish beat Manchester United 7-4 in the Under 16’s final at the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester.
Wigan Athletic Community Trust has been delivering basketball as part of the Premier League 4 Sport project since last October.
Since then 174 new participants have started playing the sport through the connection with the Latics.
Basketball is one of four sports delivered by the community programme, which aims to use the appeal of football to attract participants to Olympic sports.
Matt Baird, England Basketball Club Development Manager: “The partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust has had a massive impact in getting young people playing sport in the community.
“The club has used its knowledge, expertise and passion for community sports development to get young people from all over Wigan playing basketball and show why the sport is so important in shaping people’s lives.
“The clubs’ work this year has shown Wigan to be one of the fastest growing areas for grassroots basketball in the country and we see massive potential for the sport in the future.”
In addition to basketball up to 300 young people a week take part in free coaching in volleyball, table tennis and badminton as part of the Premier League 4 Sport programme, with sessions held across Wigan.
For a full timetable of sessions please click here: http://www.wiganlatics.co.uk/club/community/timetable.aspx.
Alternatively for more information about basketball and Premier League 4 Sport please contact Chris Pearce on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.