As My Life founder and Chief Executive Caroline Tomlinson explains: “Up until three weeks before, when Wigan Athletic Community Trust came onsite to give our students and members a course in football skills, many of them had never played the game. From that first session, they’ve absolutely loved it and were delighted to get the opportunity to play against other teams, where the Wigan players train.”
As part of the festival, students and members were given football skills sessions by Wigan coaches and played in a mini tournament.
Chris Jordan, team captain, describes the passion and drive the team showed during the tournament:
“At the end of the day, we had three wins, one draw and one loss. As team captain I just want to reiterate that with ONLY two or three training sessions under our belt I am in awe of how well we all played on the day, I am proud of every single one on the team as they played remarkably and I cannot wait to show the rest of My Life how well we play as a team at some point!”
The team’s success has led to us finding a sponsor. We’d like to say a big thank you to Stuart and the team at National Risk Solutions, a commercial insurance brokers, who are not only sponsoring the team kit, but enabling us to provide members and learners with equipment for sporting activities too.
My Life staff member Karen Platt, instrumental in building the relationship with Wigan and herself an ex-Manchester United Ladies player, underlines the many benefits of playing sport:
“The number of students and members who have put themselves forward to play and enjoy this new experience has been fantastic. Sport isn’t just about the game, it’s about raising confidence levels, increasing your own aspirations and working as a team – skills that set you up for life. When you see the smiles on their faces – one member even did a forward roll in goal celebration, it makes your day! This just shows how sport can unite people.”
If you’re a My Life member or student and you’d like to get involved in our sports activities, please do let us know – everyone is welcome!