Wigan Athletic Community Trust


About the Community Trust

Wigan Athletic Community Trust is a registered charity that employs over 40 members of staff who work with over 10,000 people each year.

Working across four areas: Football and Sport, Community Cohesion, Education and Health, the Community Trust team is based at the Montrose Skills Hub on Montrose Avenue, opposite the DW Stadium.

The facility has a range of classrooms and an indoor sports hall that the Community Trust is able to use for its sporting and educational projects.

In organising its community projects the Community Trust aims to:

  • Increase opportunities for young people and families to be involved with Wigan Athletic – from playing and coaching, to watching and supporting.
  • Raise the aspirations of young people through football and education.
  • Provide meaningful sports opportunities for young people to enhance their communities.
  • Improve the health and well-being of the Wigan Community through football activities.
  • Be a sustainable and well-managed forward thinking organisation.

The work of the Community Trust team is supported by members of the first team squad, who have made over 200 appearances at community events during the 2014/15 season.

Find out more about the Community Trust’s work in the 2015 Impact Report.

For charitable information about the Community Trust [click here].


Wigan Athletic Community Trust
Montrose Skills Hub
Montrose Avenue

Email: community@wiganathletic.com
Phone: 01942 488530

Football & Sport


Increasing opportunities for young people and families to be involved with Wigan Athletic – from playing and coaching to watching and supporting.

Every week Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s team of qualified football and sports coaches provide top quality training sessions for 100’s of young people in and out of school.

From helping primary schools to deliver their PE lessons to running After School Club’s and disability football sessions, the Community Trust provides football and sports opportunities for young people whatever their abilities.

The Trust work with Wigan Youth Zone to provide evening football coaching every week, run weekly 5-a-side leagues, organise weekend football festivals and six weeks of school holiday football camps per year, as well as helping young people and volunteers to gain sports qualifications.

Specific girls football sessions run every week, providing opportunities for female players to be referred to Wigan Athletic Ladies Football Club.

Every school holiday, football and dance courses are available for both boys and girls for just £7 per day.

As well as providing football coaching, as part of the Premier League 4 Sport scheme, Wigan Athletic Community Trust runs coaching sessions in athletics, badminton, basketball, hockey, netball, table tennis, tennis and volleyball at venues across Wigan.

To find out what football and sports opportunities the Community Trust can provide for your children or school, please contact Wes Partington on 01942 488 530 or e-mail w.partington@wiganathleticct.com.



Raising the aspirations of young people through football and education.

Wigan Athletic Community Trust runs a range of education projects that use football and sport to motivate and inspire young people.

The Latics Literacy project is a ten-week project led by Community Trust staff that is designed to improve the reading and writing of pupils in primary schools across Wigan.

The Latics Enterprise Academy is a three-year project funded by the Premier League and Sport Relief, which provides business qualifications to secondary school students, using the model of a professional football club to inspire the youngsters to become interested in business.

In conjunction with its partners at the Montrose Skills Hub, Pro-Co NW Ltd, Wigan Athletic Community Trust provides two exciting training and apprenticeship courses for young people over the age of 16 who want to become sports coaches – Train With Latics and the Latics Apprenticeship.

Both Train With Latics and the Latics Apprenticeship provide unemployed 16-18 year olds with the chance to earn recognised sports qualifications, taking their learning outside of the classroom to lead coaching sessions, with further opportunities to continue their studies at university following completion of the courses.

For more information about these schemes please contact the Community Trust on 01942 488 530 or email community@wiganathleticct.com.

[Click here] to download the Latics Learning Education Prospectus.

Community Cohesion


Providing meaningful sports opportunities for young people to enhance their communities.

Every night of the week, coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust work across Wigan to provide constructive sports activities for young people.

Working in partnership with organisations such as the Premier League, Wigan and Leigh Housing, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Greater Manchester Police and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Community Trust aims to provide sporting opportunities for young people between the ages of 12 – 19 in their own communities.

Projects such as Latics Kicks, based in seven areas across Wigan, have helped 100’s of young people take part in football training and gain sports qualifications, while helping to reduce ant-social behaviour in the area.

Please contact Community Cohesion Co-ordinator Tom Drake for more information, on 01942 488 530 or email t.drake@wiganathleticct.com.



Improving the health and well-being of the Wigan community through football activities.

“The brand of Wigan Athletic and the Community Trust, as an outreach organisation, are uniquely positioned to support men’s health in the borough,” Progress Health Partnerships, Independent Evaluation of the Wigan Fit Fans project.

Wigan faces some of the biggest health challenges in the country and Wigan Athletic Community Trust is attempting to tackle some of these issues through its Wigan Fit Fans scheme.

The 12-week programme gives men and women the opportunity to take part in free weekly football and sports sessions and receive simple advice on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Working alongside NHS Health Trainers, Community Trust staff provide one-tone support and encouragement to participants to help them achieve their own lifestyle goals.

For more information about the Fit Fans programme or other health initiatives, please contact Men’s Health Co-Ordinator Chris Baxter on 01942 488 530 or email c.baxter@wiganathleticct.com