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Give Boredom The Boot!
Thursday 5th November, 2009

YOUNGSTERS across Wigan and Leigh are being encouraged to sign up for the hugely popular Midnight League Football competition.

Now in its third year, the Game On Midnight Football Leagues were introduced to help tackle anti-social behaviour by offering young people something constructive to do on a Friday night.

Wigan Sports Development Unit will run the two leagues at Robin Park Arena and Leigh Sports Village for 12 to 16-year-olds between 15 January 2010 and 26 March 2010.

Earlier this year more than 300 young people took part in the leagues.

Although the games are actually played between 8pm and 9.30pm the programme derives its name from Midnight Basketball – an American initiative introduced to curb inner-city crime by giving youngsters an opportunity to become involved in constructive pursuits.

Funded by The Coalfields Regeneration Trust and The Football Foundation, Game On works in former mining communities across the North West, East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East to provide football opportunities where there is a general lack of activity.

Craig Anthony, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Sports Development Events Delivery Officer, said: “The aim is to increase the amount of young people playing football in coalfield communities and use the power of football to develop young people’s awareness of key social issues which affect them and their communities, such as anti-social behaviour, respect and health and well-being.”

The Midnight Leagues programme offers regular and structured competitive opportunities with the potential to progress to regional finals.

Teams will be required to register before the first night and secure their place with a £5 entry fee. For more information or to register please contact Wigan Sports Development on 01942 404 982.

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