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22 August 2014

Sportsturf apprentices join ground staff at Christopher Park.

Wigan Athletic have linked up with Myerscough College as two Apprentice Groundsmen join the staff based at the club’s Christopher Park training complex.

The 16-year-old school leavers; Jack Bowers and Josh Thornton, are both local to the club and were selected from nearly 100 applicants to gain these coveted positions.

They will be working at the club’s training complex under the direction of Head Groundsman Rob Turnbull whilst obtaining their Intermediate Apprenticeships in Sportsturf under the expert guidance of Myerscough College.

The programme lasts around 20 months and Jack and Josh follow a long line of Wigan Athletic Groundsmen to train in Sportsturf with the college.

Josh explains his reasons for choosing the Apprenticeship with the Championship club:

“I am a Latics supporter and to get this role really is a dream come true. I love being outdoors and this role allows me to learn a profession and earn a wage at the same time. The club have been fantastic and I hope this is the start of a long career at the club.”

Jack chose to do an Apprenticeship despite having the offer of a full-time college course, saying:

“This Apprenticeship gives me the chance to work, earn a wage and get qualified all at the same time. I am delighted to have secured the role and I am learning new things every day.”

Latics are the latest in a long list of Premier League, Championship and other Football League clubs using Myerscough College to address their Sportsturf training needs.

Former Myerscough College Apprentices and learners now occupy some of the top jobs in industry caring for some of the most well know stadiums and arenas across the globe. These include Paul Burgess at Real Madrid FC, Lee Jackson at Manchester City FC and Jonathan Calderwood at Paris St-Germain. The opportunities for progression in the industry are fantastic for dedicated, hardworking young people.

Chairman David Whelan met to two apprentices at the training ground and explains the clubs stance on Apprenticeships, saying:

“Apprenticeships are a great way of bringing young people into our business. They allow us to train and mould the future workforce providing a supportive working environment, along with the highest quality training we can source. It’s clear that Myerscough College come with a strong pedigree in terms of Sportsturf Training and I know that Josh and Jack will get the best possible chance to have a long career with us here at Wigan Athletic Football Club.”

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