Latics buy Bolton’s training ground

Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe and chief executive Jonathan Jackson
Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe and chief executive Jonathan Jackson

WIGAN Athletic have confirmed they will move to a new training ground in Euxton after purchasing it from struggling rivals Bolton Wanderers.

The club’s first team will remain at Christopher Park until May before beginning 2016-17 pre-season training at their new home.

From next season, the current first team training facility at Christopher Park in Standish Lower Ground will become a permanent home to the Wigan Athletic Academy.

Chairman David Sharpe said: “I’ve always said it’s integral to our future success that we have a high quality first team training ground, and an Academy based in one location enabling it to grow and develop the players of the future.”

The Euxton Training Ground is situated 15 miles from the DW Stadium and is part of what was once the huge Chorley Royal Ordnance Factory, commissioned by the government in the 1930s as part of the war effort to produce munitions.