Latics announce training ground plans

Artist's impression of the new Wigan Athletic training ground
Artist's impression of the new Wigan Athletic training ground
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WIGAN Athletic has announced its plans for a new training facility on the former site of Charnock Richard golf course.

The club acquired the site last year and is now at a stage where it can reveal the proposals for their new base to local residents.

Latics plan to transform the land into training facilities for its professional players and academy, the plan being to attain ‘Category one’ status and “become one of the leading football academies in the country.”

If given planning permission, the aim would be for the training ground, which would include a floodlit and indoor pitch as well as accommodation for players, to be operational by August 2016.

The current training facilities at Christopher Park in Standish Lower Ground are not suitable for category one standard.

There was an initial plan to build the academy at the original base but the club has since decided that it too can be accommodated at Charnock Richard with the first team after the site was deemed large enough.

The proposals, to be exhibited today, are designed to meet the requirements of the Premier League and Football League for a Category one academy, including the following:

A suitable number of outdoor pitches of varying sizes

A floodlit artificial pitch

A three quarter-sized indoor pitch.

Changing rooms for academy players and professionals.

Medical facilities for players.

Suitable amenity facilities and classrooms for academy players and parents.

Accommodation for staff, coaches and other support staff.

Suitable car parking

Latics Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson said: “This is the most exciting project the club has been involved in since the building of the then JJB Stadium, now DW Stadium, in 1999.

“We feel that the site is perfect in terms of being able to provide the club with an infrastructure to grow into the future, and provide a Premier League facility for generations to come.”

The plans will be presented at a viewing at Charnock Richard Football Club, Charter Lane, PR7 5LZ, between 2pm and 5pm on today (April 22.)

They will then be on permanent display, from Wednesday April 23, on www.signetplanning.com.

The club can be contacted on feedback@wiganathletic.com.

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