Wigan streets ahead with national award


An inspirational project to help young people in Wigan and Leigh change their lives through sport has won a major award.

Wigan StreetGames was named “Project of the Year” at the StreetGames national annual awards this week in Coventry.

StreetGames’ is a national charity, established in 2006 to promote sport for young people living in the most disadvantaged communities with tried and tested ways of engaging young people who are currently outside sport.

Up and down the country, Street Games delivers sport and dance to young people where they want it, at times when they want it, for a cost they can afford, and in a style they want.

Wigan’s project is led by charity Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles on behalf of Wigan Council. It was commended for “empowering and enriching the lives of young people” and the creation of a “strong network of partners, upskilling volunteers and helping others do the same”. 

Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames said: “Every year, the StreetGames National Awards celebrate the very best in the youth and community sports sector, from its most vibrant volunteers to its most dynamic and engaging projects. With over 100 nominations received and more than 30 finalists named, this year’s shortlist was perhaps our single strongest yet, a fact that should speak volumes about the enormous quality of our winners.”

In Wigan, sessions are held each week in local neighbourhoods with participants receiving assistance with issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, sexual health, mental wellbeing and money management to name a few.  In the school holidays, the StreetGames network provides a range of opportunities through its Fit & Fed programme.

Inspiring healthy lifestyles work with a host of partners including Wigan Council, GMFRS, Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Wigan Warriors Community Foundation, and Wigan Youth Zone to provide the opportunities across the borough.

Chris Essex-Crosby, Community Engagement Lead for Inspiring healthy lifestyles, said: “We are truly honoured to receive this award. This recognises a lot of hard work, by a lot of people and companies, to help young people make more positive life choices and live healthier lives.”