Learning from the press box: Wigan's media experience

24 Nov 2022
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How Wigan Athletic are using the Premier League Inspires programme to provide career insight for young people

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The Premier League Inspires programme has been running since 2019, creating life-changing opportunities for young people who have been identified by their schools as needing extra support to engage with activities.

This week we are taking a look at how the programme has had an impact on young people across the country.

Wigan Athletic

Students got a first-hand insight into the world of journalism when they took part in a special event arranged by the Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

The media day, arranged in partnership with the Professional Footballers' Association, gave young people the opportunity to experience life as a journalist.

For one student, the event helped them decide on a career path while for others it helped them prepare for life as a professional footballer.

Wigan's PL Inspires media day

"It'll have a huge impact on me because this is something I really want to get into when I'm older," said PL Inspires participant Chloe. "It's given me a sure choice in what I want to do.

"This is one of the targets I am heading towards."

Participants interviewed three Wigan Athletic Academy scholars as well as hearing from former Premier League referee Chris Foy, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited Head of Community and Public Engagement.

They also watched a Wigan match from the press box and afterwards took part in a match report writing competition.

The Academy scholars said the mock press conference was important training for them as they develop skills for the future.

"Getting these questions prepares us for, hopefully, when we're older and standing in front of the press; knowing how to conduct ourselves and answer the questions properly," said Under-18s defender Eko Solomon.

Also in this series

Part 1: PL Inspires celebrates three years of changing lives
Part 2: Man Utd encouraging young people to grow into role models
Part 3: How Blackburn are helping students make the step up
Part 4: How AFC Bournemouth helped change a schoolboy's path
Part 6: 'Students believe they have a future thanks to Cardiff City'

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