Latics stars Jordi Gomez and Ivan Ramis put away their football boots and picked up a tennis racket last week to help Wigan Athletic Community Trust launch a new programme to get more young people in Wigan playing tennis.
Jordi and Ivan joined 20 girls from the Deanery High School at a special coaching session at the Robin Park Indoor arena to celebrate the introduction of tennis into the Trust’s Premier League 4 Sport scheme.
"I had a lot of fun and maybe I am in the wrong profession, I should be a tennis player," joked Jordi.
"It was a great afternoon and good to help show the girls from the high school how much fun you can having playing tennis and trying out a new sport.
"It's always important to get everybody involved and I was very impressed with how the session went."
To encourage more youngsters to play tennis in Wigan the Trust is running two sessions a week for 12 – 19 year olds. The coaching is designed to give participants a taste of the sport before helping to direct them to established tennis clubs.
David Parry, LTA’s Tennis Development Officer for the North West said: “British Tennis is keen to use a variety of community partners to support getting more people playing tennis more often. Wigan Athletic undoubtedly has a strong community programme which engages with a whole variety of groups.
“Through working with Wigan Athletic, we can demonstrate that tennis is fun and an enjoyable sport for all ages and abilities. We look forward to continuing to work with them and support the great work they do in the local area”.
Tennis is one of six sports offered by the Community Trust as part of its Premier League 4 Sport project.
Project Co-ordinator Zac Taylor said: “It was great of Jordi and Ivan to take time to come to the tennis launch.
“Our Premier League 4 Sport programme has proved to be really successful in getting more young people playing basketball, athletic, table tennis, volleyball and badminton and hopefully we can have the same impact with tennis.”
For more information about the Premier League 4 Sport project please contact Zac Taylor on 01942 488 530 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.