Throughout the school holidays coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust have been coaching youngsters at the centre and defender Stephen Crainey and midfielder Chris McCann helped to round off a successful summer of fun with their surprise visit.
"It is the first time Chris and I have seen the facility," say Crainey "and I’m really impressed with how it looks, the facilities it has on offer and, most importantly, how much the kids here are getting out of it.
“It has clearly been developed with the aim of giving kids somewhere to go and somewhere they can be active, so it’s definitely going to be a big success.”
Chris said: “Stephen doesn’t have many skills in his locker so I thought I’d give him the keepy-up win to help him out!
“Overall though it was a great day, and the standard of the coaching for the kids was really high, very creative and brought out the best in those taking part – I was really impressed.”
The Wigan Youth Zone opened in June and was established by Club Chairman David Whelan and local businessmen Martin and Bill Ainscough, in order to give Wigan Youngsters ‘something to do and somewhere to go’ seven days a week for 52 weeks of the year.
For just £5 membership a year and 50p a visit young people can take part in a range of sports and social activities.
In partnership with the Youth Zone, the Community Trust runs a number of different football activities at the centre including:
- Football coaching every Tuesday and Wednesday between 6pm and 9pm for 12 – 21 year olds
- Monthly football competitions
- Football camps during school holidays
- Weekend football and sports festivals.
These sessions are supported by the Premier League/PFA Community Fund for more information please contact Ian Gaskell on 01942 612 061 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.