Derby clash and Olympic fun day

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Leigh Miners Rangers and Think Ahead Stroke Awareness Group are holding their Olympic Family Fun-Day at Twist Lane this coming Saturday (June 9).

The all-day event is funded by Wigan Cultural Partnership’s Cultural Olympiad grant and supported by a donation made by Carlsberg Tetley and features something for everyone including children’s and family activities, two live bands and the derby clash between Miners and Wigan St Patricks in the NCL.

The day is intended to showcase the work of both organisations, with Think Ahead raising awareness of the signs of stroke and the importance of being observant and able to respond correctly to one of the Borough’s most significant health challenges. Miners Rangers will be showcasing the opportunities for junior and senior players and volunteers at their club and the benefits of physical activity in complementing health and wellbeing. Of course with the Olympics just around the corner and the torch having gone through Wigan last week, there will also be an Olympiad theme to the day.

Events start from 11am with face-painting and dance taster sessions inside the clubhouse at Miners, and a children’s fitness challenge featuring under-13s and under-16s from the junior section on the main pitch. Phil Marsden of Warrior Strength Training, Miners club conditioner, has kindly set up the challenge using equipment and techniques from his gym. There will then be live music from local college band Little Nell from 1.30pm as part of the build-up to the first team match against table-topping St Pats, 2.30pm kick off. The day is rounded off by another live band, ex-Miners’ player Phil Benson and his group HoldTheLine.

Miners Rangers rugby chairman Roy Walls stated: “We view our club as having something for everyone and the Olympic fun-day gives us a chance to put on a range of activities beyond the rugby.

“It promises to be a special occasion with so many different events going on, and I would like to thank the Cultural Partnership and Carlsberg for their support in getting it off the ground, and all the volunteers at Miners and Think Ahead for planning and delivering the event. Now we ask the local community to come along and enjoy the day with us.”

Admission for the day is £5 for a family of four and £2.50 for individual adults. Concessions are £1.