Wigan Athletic’s triumph in the 2013 FA Cup will provide a sporting legacy for the town’s young people over the next 12 months thanks to a donation of £27,000 from the Latics appearance in the FA Community Shield.
Each year proceeds from ticket and programme sales at the traditional season curtain raiser are split between the two participating clubs and the Latics have decided to use their allocation to support both the work of Wigan Youth Zone and their own charity Wigan Athletic Community Trust.
Club Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “No one in Wigan will ever forget last year’s historic cup victory and its great news that our appearance in the Community Shield means that we have these funds to distribute.
“Both the Wigan Youth Zone and our own Community Trust are fantastic charities that give local youngsters the chance to play sport on a daily basis and it seemed fitting that they should benefit from the donation and help provide a sporting legacy to that fantastic victory.”
Wigan Youth Zone opened in June 2013 and now has over 9,000 members who are able to access activities at the Parsons Walk site seven nights a week for 52 weeks of the year.
General Manager John Harker said: “We are thrilled with this generous donation through the FA Community Shield.
“We have always had a great relationship with Wigan Athletic and their Community Trust and this is just one more example of their tireless support for Wigan Youth Zone.
“Each year Wigan Youth Zone will be faced with a huge task to raise funds so we can keep providing facilities and support to every young person in Wigan Borough.
“This donation will help towards the running costs of the Youth Zone and to help maintain our football offer for our members.”
Wigan Athletic Community Trust will use the funding to help support their Premier League Kicks programme which gives 100’s of young people a week the chance to play football and sport.
Head of Community, Tom Flower said: “We are very grateful to the FA and the Football Club for selecting us as one of the beneficiaries of this fund.
“The money will help us safeguard one of our most successful projects and continue to provide opportunities for young people to play football and sport in a safe and secure environment.”