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19 December 2014

Standish High School visit Christopher Park Training Ground

Through their ongoing work with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, students from Standish High School visited Christopher Park Training Ground earlier today for a behind the scenes look at a first team training session and to meet the Latics players.

The school currently take part in Enterprise projects that are delivered by Community Trust staff, including the Latics Enterprise Academy, which is a Premier League backed initiative that uses the model of Wigan Athletic to teach young people about business.

The Key Stage Four students who attended the training ground visit are currently working towards Entry Level Qualifications in Business and Enterprise.

During the ten week scheme, which receives funding from Sport Relief, young people learn about the different aspects of running a Premier League club, including how the football club operates as a business, products and services, marketing and customer service. 

Head Teacher Andrew Pollard and the students received a signed and framed Wigan Athletic shirt for their school from FA Cup hero, Ben Watson, as well as tickets to Latics upcoming game against Rotherham. 

Mr Pollard said: “It was a wonderful opportunity for the students to come down today to visit the training ground and to find out about the work that goes in to running a football club.”

“Malky Mackay came and spoke to the students and answered their questions about all things football and how he leads the team.”

Standish High School began working with the Community Trust Enterprise project last year, with 8 students completing Entry Level Qualifications and continuing their work this year to complete a further Level One Qualification.

For more information on any of the Community Trust’s Enterprise projects, please contact project co-ordinator, Jake Blackburn, on 01942 488 530, or email

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