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24 October 2015

Could you or someone you know be the next Latics number one?

  • Latics set to launch ‘Goalkeeping Development Centre’.
  • Potential trials for the Academy.
  • Unique opportunity with professional sessions from Academy coaches.
The Wigan Athletic Academy are set to launch an exciting new Goalkeeping Development Centre at the start of November, in the search for the next local number one goalkeeper.

Delivered by professional coaches from the Academy, the Development Centre will provide a unique opportunity for young, local goalkeepers between the ages of 13-16, with potential trials on offer after the six week programme.

Hosted at St. John Rigby College, the sessions are £10.00 each week and will run on the following dates, from 7.30pm until 8.45pm, with registration from 7.00pm.
  • Tuesday 3 November
  • Tuesday 10 November
  • Tuesday 17 November
  • Tuesday 24 November
  • Tuesday 1 December
  • Tuesday 8 December
Places are limited to 18, so be sure to register your interest as soon as possible by contacting Academy Goalkeeper Coach, Dan Connor by emailing


A resident of Standish, Wigan, Theo Roberts started as a central defender during his early school years, before he began to play as a goalkeeper during his third year of secondary school, a position he only played in for a year and a half before being selected for Wigan Schoolboys.

Theo’s impressive performances were spotted in the local area by the Academy, and at the end of last season he was offered a chance to play for the club’s Under 18s on extended schoolboy terms, before being offered a two-year apprenticeship this month.

Speaking of Theo’s story, Head of Academy, Gregor Rioch said:

“Theo is clear proof that local players are being given the chance to train to become professional footballers at our Academy.

“He has excelled for us in a very short time and has certainly deserved the two-year scholarship we’ve offered him.

“We are prepared to wait for late developers like Theo, who might not have the experiences or opportunities of playing in an Academy set up until they’re 15 or 16.

“It’s so pleasing when a local player like Theo becomes part of the Academy, and we hope that the Goalkeeping Development Centre can help to continue this into the future.”

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