RYAN THOMAS, Wigan WYZards basketball player

Full Name: Ryan Thomas

Age: 16


Around this time Wigan WYZards, the Youth Zones very own basketball team was being set up. Ryan was approached by the then basketball coach Janis’ who saw Ryan’s potential and asked him to attend training sessions twice a week.

Speaking about becoming part of the team and attending regular training sessions Ryan has said;

“I was having a throw around with some of the lads when I was approached by Janis who asked me to come down and train for Wigan WYZards. Being a part of the sessions I learnt a lot from Janis who has helped me improve massively as a player.”

Ryan trained twice a week with the team and also represented WYZ in a number of inter youth zone basketball matches as well as playing for the Wigan WYZards in the Warrington basketball league every Friday.

As Ryan’s performances began to grow so did his confidence and realisation he could take the next step in his playing career. Speaking about Ryan, Janis has said;

“From speaking to Ryan for the first time I could see that he had the passion and ability to do really well on the court if he put his mind to it. Having not played for a team before I was surprised just how well he adapted to his surrounding and how quickly he adapted to become a key player in the team”

In May 2016 Ryan went along to a trails day in Manchester in which professional clubs put on drills and coaching sessions to identify up and coming talent. Ryan didn’t only impress but earned himself a contract with Cheshire Wire where from September will be training and playing on a regular basis.

Speaking about his recent news, he has said;

“I have loved being a part of the Wigan WYZards and will continue to help out and play when I can. They have helped me become the player I am today and given me the chance to show off my skills. Without the WYZards I don’t believe this would have been possible as I would still be just throwing a ball around with my mates.”

  • Flogert Cera, 16


    “I love my time at Wigan Youth Zone, I’ve gained loads of confidence and thank all the youth work staff for their help!”
    Sabrina, 13
  • Stephanie, 16


      “I love coming to Wigan Youth Zone, joining in activities and to get out the house – I’ve met tons of new friends”
    Stephanie, 16
  • Adam, 23


    “Since attending the Youth Zone, I’ve become more confident, made new friends and even got a job through the employability course!”
    Adam, 23
  • Danny, 11


      “I love the Youth Zone especially the Skate Park. My confidence has grown so much that now I even enter tournaments!”
    Danny, 11
  • Nathan, 18


      “The Gym at Wigan Youth Zone has had an important impact on my life – making me stronger, fitter and healthier.”
    Nathan, 18