Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday August 9 2011
Wigan Athletic skipper, Gary Caldwell, presented a cheque for a cool £1 million, donated by the playing staff at the Latics, to Dave Whelan, prior to Sundays friendly against Villarreal.
The Boys and Girls Club is the brainchild of Latics chairman and owner Dave Whelan who wants to help today's local youth, just like he was helped whilst growing up, he puts a lot of the success he has achieved in his life down to the now defunct Wigan Boys club helping him to curb his wayward ways when he was just a youngster.
The project has been struggling for cash since part of the funding was lost when Government ordered cuts to the North West Development Agency meant that a £2.8 million grant was withdrawn, but this gesture by the Latics squad has given a massive shot in the arm both financially and morally to the team working on the scheme.
The money is the bonus that was awarded to the team for retaining the clubs Premier League status for a seventh consecutive season, speaking about the donation Dave Whelan said: 'It is a remarkable, unique gesture, and one that makes you very proud to be associated with Wigan Athletic Football Club.'
Gary Caldwell hands over a very heavy cheque
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
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Date:Tuesday August 9 2011
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