Wigan Youth Zone and Wigan Athletic Community Trust hosted a Big Day Out at the DW Stadium on Saturday 20th October, to help raise awareness of the Youth Zone charity and some much-needed funds.
The Big Day Out, which coincided with the Latics match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, showcased some of the amazing opportunities and areas available at Wigan Youth Zone, such as dance, performing arts and sports. Youth Zone staff delivered mini activity sessions at the DW Stadium, bringing a taste of the Youth Zone to the Family Zone near the South Stand.
Young footy fans were treated to special youth zone performances, mini trampoline fitness, circus skills, mini skate park and themed arts and crafts.
Youth Zone volunteers also managed to collect £1300 from bucket collections from around the stadium, a fantastic amount donated from generous Latics and West Brom fans. This money will go towards the 1.7 million it costs to run the Youth Zone every single year.
To celebrate the Big Day Out, Jaguar Jeff the Youth Zone’s new mascot came along to entertain the crowds, meeting Wigan legend Will Griggs and even taking a penalty at half-time.
The take-over day is another example of the collaborative work between the Youth Zone and the football club, whose deep-rooted links began with the charity’s Lifetime President and former Wigan Athletic Chairman, Dave Whelan and the club’s initial investment to the charity’s start-up capital back in 2013.
Since then, Wigan Athletic Community Trust have provided consistent support of Wigan Youth Zone, with the Trust providing staff to deliver football sessions on the youth zone’s four floodlit multi-use pitches and supporting events.