Latics make a stand against litter
10 June 2009
Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega was scoring goals of a different kind when he planted rubbish firmly at the back of the bin, in a bid to support the Big Tidy Up campaign.
The club, who ended the season in style by beating Portsmouth 1-0, are the latest Premier League team to endorse the campaign, and put an end to match day litter.
Wigan Athletic join Everton and Fulham on the growing list of high profile teams who want to be associated with the Big Tidy Up, which has already collected over 40,000 bags of rubbish nationwide and captured the public’s imagination.
It is hoped that by supporting the campaign Latics fans will take more responsibility for the areas surrounding the JJB stadium, which take a litter hit after match day.
Launched in September 2008, The Big Tidy Up is Keep Britain Tidy’s biggest anti litter campaign, which is rooted in the community and aims to get local people, organisations, businesses and groups to take action against the litter problems in their area.
Phil Barton chief executive Keep Britain Tidy said: “It is great that we have our local team involved with the campaign as their endorsement will encourage people to get on board and think twice before dropping litter.”
Chris Kirkland Wigan Athletic Goalkeeper said: “We are keen to support the Big Tidy Up and encourage everyone involved in the club; fans, players and staff to work hard to protect our local environment and send out a positive image of Wigan Athletic.”
To organise a Big Tidy Up event and get free Big Tidy Up tabards, litter bags stickers and badges visit www.thebigtidyup.org