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8 April 2014

Wigan Athletic Chief Executive put in the hot seat by local school children

School pupils from Our Lady Immaculate Primary School from Ashton were given a master class in how to run a professional football club last week when they met Wigan Athletic Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson.

The youngsters, who are in Year 6 at school, were visiting the DW Stadium as part of the Junior Latics Enterprise Academy scheme which gives school children an insight into how Wigan Athletic operates as a business.

As part of the project they are challenged to come up with different ways for the Club to invest £10million and Jonathan was able to help the pupils with their suggestions.

Some of the options they came up with included signing a new striker, upgrading the club’s training facility, extending the DW Stadium and saving the money invest in the next transfer window.

They also got to quiz Jonathan on his role with the Club and the different responsibilities he has.

Jonathan, who as well as being Chief Executive of the Club is a trustee of the Community Trust said: “I really enjoyed meeting the pupils and its always interesting to hear young people’s views and ideas about the Club.

“The Enterprise programme is a good way for the Trust to introduce young people to the football club and for them to starting learning about the business.

“The Community Trust does a great job in working in schools in Wigan and as Chief Executive I think it’s important to support this whenever I can.”

The Junior Latics Enterprise Academy is supported by the Premier League and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

For more information contact project co-ordinator Jake Blackburn on 09142 488 530 or e-mail


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