Coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust were joined by potential Latics players of the future at their October Half Term football courses when eight Academy players visited the camps to help coach youngsters.
Since the start of the season, the eight second year scholars have been spending one morning a week with the Community Trust to gain experience of coaching in schools and develop a better understanding of the Club’s work in the Wigan community.
The visit to the courses at Abraham Guest Academy and Shevington High School was part of their final preparation for their FA Level 2 coaching badges which they complete as part of their apprenticeship with the Club.
During the two year apprenticeship the Academy players complete a BTEC Level 3 and NVQ Level in Sporting Excellence as well as their coaching qualifications, but the Club also tries to provide them with a range of life skills by placing them in working environments outside that of professional footballer.
Mike Hurn, Wigan Athletic’s Academy Head of Education and Welfare said: “The opportunity for the boys to go and work with the Community Trust means that they are getting to experience life as a football coach, and put their Level 2 coaching certificate into practise.
“It also helps them to develop their social and communication skills while learning about the importance of being positive role models and representing Wigan Athletic in the wider community.”
During October Half Term, the Community Trust organised a range of football courses ranging from £5 a day to £15 across Wigan.
For more information about these courses please contact Wigan Athletic Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.