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Latics enhance disabled supporters' matchday experience thanks to Premier League Fans Fund grant

Latics enhance disabled supporters' matchday experience thanks to Premier League Fans Fund grant

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Lisa Nandy MP (centre right) is joined by Wigan Athletic Chief Executive, John Jackson (centre-left) and Latics first-team members, Max Power (far left) and Christian Walton (far right) to present a Premier League Fans Fund cheque.

Wigan Athletic supporters will benefit from an enhanced matchday experience next season, thanks to a Premier League Fans Fund grant which will enable Wigan Athletic Community Trust to improve facilities for junior disabled supporters.

The grant will enable the Community Trust to create an area in the Club’s existing Family Zone for their junior disabled supporters, giving them the opportunity to enjoy fun pre-match activities before every home game. The space will also be used by schools and community groups across Wigan to help promote the new matchday offering.

The funding will also enable the Community Trust to create a new junior disabled supporters club and develop a platform on the Club’s website to enable disabled supporters and their families to see the stadium and fans zone before they visit.

Lisa Nandy, MP for the Wigan constituency, presented Wigan Athletic Community Trust with the Premier League Fans Fund cheque for £18,350, on the club’s annual Latics Open Day at the Robin Park Arena, which attracted more than 2,000 of the club’s supporters and saw fans given the opportunity to meet a number of the club’s first team squad, including Will Grigg, Max Power and Christian Walton.

Lisa Nandy MP, said: “It’s easy to speak about the work that football clubs are doing within their local communities but being able to see it first-hand really does demonstrate the phenomenal work that is being done to entice more and more people into the sport.

“We live in such a diverse country and it’s therefore extremely encouraging to see football clubs like Wigan Athletic eliminating any potential barriers to access the sport. The Premier League’s funding has been fantastic and will make a huge difference to the matchday experience of junior disabled supporters.”

Jonathan Jackson, Wigan Athletic Chief Executive and Trustee of the Community Trust said: “Through our equality and diversity programme Together the football club has made a commitment to try and attract more young people with disabilities to come to home games at the DW Stadium.

“This grant from the Premier League Fans Fund will allow us to build on the great work that the Community Trust already does in SEN and mainstream schools and encourage more of their participants to become part of the Latics family."

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“We live in such a diverse country and it’s therefore extremely encouraging to see football clubs like Wigan Athletic eliminating any potential barriers to access the sport. The Premier League’s funding has been fantastic and will make a huge difference to the matchday experience of junior disabled supporters.” - Lisa Nandy, MP for the Wigan constituency

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