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Friday 23 November 2012

Wigan pair back Latics Literacy education project

Wigan's Callum McManaman and Fraser Fyvie visit school in support of Latics' education scheme

Wigan midfielder Fraser Fyvie meets children at Brookfield Primary School in Skelmersdale

Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie and striker Callum McManaman visited a primary school this week to support Wigan Athletic Community Trust's Latics Literacy education project.

"Getting young people to read more is really important and it’s great that the club is working with so many schools"
Callum McManaman

Latics Literacy uses football to help young people between the ages of eight and 10 improve their reading and writing skills and is working with over 250 young people a week.

Fyvie and McManaman visited Brookfield Primary School, in Skelmersdale, where they took part in a football and sport session alongside 30 young people and coaches from Latics in the Community.

"Both me and Fraser were happy to help out at the sessions," said McManaman. "Getting young people to read more is really important and it’s great that the club is working with so many schools."

The Latics Literacy project is funded by the Premier League as part of the League's Creating Chances education programme. The project has been running since 2007 and every year works with 30 primary schools.

The course is run over 10 weeks with coaches from Latics in the Community visiting the schools each week to delivery both a classroom and sport session.

As part of the scheme young people get the chance to visit their local library and take part in reading challenges and competitions including writing their own comic strips.

Assessment of the programme has shown that 88% of participants improve their reading ability by the end of the course.

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Key Points

  • Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie and striker Callum McManaman visited Brookfield Primary School in Skelmersdale
  • The players were supporting Wigan Athletic Community Trust's Latics Literacy education project
  • McManaman lauds 'important' work being done by club to encourage reading among the young