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Jump in and Join Jack this January
Thursday 20th December, 2012

Need an extra incentive to kick-start your New Year health drive?

Then how about this?

When you join Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's (WLCT) sporty start to 2013, you'll also be helping to raise money for a great local cause.

Throughout January WLCT's Sports Development Team will be supporting the Wigan Borough charity Joining Jack by encouraging people to get back into playing sport.

The team runs a wide variety of programmes that offer a gentle re-introduction to some of the nation's favourite sports and alternative activities such as Zumba, specifically aimed at adults wanting to improve their health.

From Ball Again Basketball, Zumba, Buggy Fun Fitness, to Back to Badminton, the team offers something for everyone at WLCT venues and schools across the borough.

The sessions, entitled Back to Sport and Active Women are aimed at anyone over 16.

During January the team will be donating half of the money raised from each session to the Joining Jack charity. They will also be selling wristbands and badges to support the cause.

WLCT Sports Development Officer Richard Smith said: “At the start of each New Year the team chooses a charity to support. This year we have gone for one that is very close to a lot of people on the team. The New Year is traditionally a time when people look to getting fitter and whether you want to try a new sport or go back to an old favourite, we can help.
“The sessions are also a great way of meeting people and extending your social circle, so to help yourself and Joining Jack all you have to do is turn up and take part.”

Joining Jack supports four year-old Jack Johnson, son of former Wigan Warriors player Andy Johnson, who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

The condition means that his life will follow a predetermined path, mapped out by this progressive muscle wasting condition. By the time he reaches adolescence he will no longer be able to walk and will lose the use of every single muscle in his body thereafter. He may need spinal rods to keep him upright and ventilation to help him breath. Eventually his heart and lungs will fail.

His charity aims to raise money to fund research into DMD and raise awareness about the condition.

WLCT Chief Executive Stuart Murray said: “We hope to raise as much money as possible for this extremely worthy cause.
“January is a month for new starts so please do take the time to visit one of the sessions and improve your health and, at the same time, help towards improving Jack’s.”

For more information on the Back to Sport and Active Women sessions visit Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's website: www.wlct.org

Or you can call or email WLCT Sports Development Officer Richard Smith on 01942 488480, r.smith@wlct.org or Active Women Co-ordinator Kim McBride on 01942 488 483, k.mcbride@wlct.org

For more information on Joining Jack, visit: www.joiningjack.org

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