Football 4 Forces Programme, Helping Veterans

31 October 2022

Football 4 Forces Programme, Helping Veterans

Free Wigan Athletic Community Trust football sessions have helped veterans improve their physical and mental health.

  • The sessions are free for any armed forces veteran to attend
  • Participants have seen an improvement to their physical and mental wellbeing through taking part

Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s, Football 4 Forces sessions have helped improve the health and wellbeing of armed forces veterans.

Running in partnership with the Armed Forces Community HQ and Wigan Council, the free football sessions allow veterans to enjoy small-sided matches in a relaxed, pressure-free environment.

Open to all armed services veterans, the sessions have seen a notable increase in both the physical and mental health of participants that have attended.

“I’ve been coming here for quite a few years now and I just enjoy coming down on a Monday night, because it’s with a group of lads that are just the same as when we were in (the military).

Your physical health does improve. For anybody that was thinking of coming down, I’d fully say give it a ago, because you’ll be welcomed with open arms.”

Veteran Andy Johnson

Football 4 Forces

Alongside the Football 4 Forces sessions the Wigan Athletic Community Trust will also be hosting a Remembrance Cup tournament before Latics’ match against Blackpool.

The tournament will give the players the chance to represent the Armed Forces Community, and each player will also receive a complimentary ticket to Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool.


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