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22 April 2014

Club unveils its proposal to build new training ground in Charnock Richard

Wigan Athletic Football Club will today present its plans for a new training facility to the residents of Charnock Richard, five miles north of Wigan, in the borough of Chorley. 

The club purchased Charnock Richard Gold Club last year with a view to transforming the site into training facilities for its professionals and academy, the plan being to attain ‘Category 1’ status and thus become one of the leading football academies in the country.  

If given planning permission, the plan would be for the training ground to be operational by August 2016. 

The current training facilities at Christopher Park in Standish Lower Ground, Wigan are not suitable for this purpose because the site is not large enough.  

Whilst the Club has considered the possibility of locating the training facilities for the professionals and the academy on separate sites – and indeed was pursuing that strategy last year –Charnock Richard golf course is large enough to provide all the facilities required. 

The proposals to be exhibited today are designed to meet the requirements of the Premier League and Football League for a Category 1 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

Jonathan Jackson, Chief Executive, commented: “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.”

Aerial view looking North

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