Latics' young stars take to the kitchens at the DW Stadium.
- Under 18s take part in lifestyle session.
- Young players team up with chefs at the DW Stadium.
- Apprentices learning more about healthy and nutritious eating.
Last week Latics' Under 18 apprentices teamed up with Training Ground chef, Dave and DW Stadium chef, Roger for a lifestyle session as part of their education programme, planning and creating healthy dishes.
Two groups split up in the kitchen and were set the task of creating their own dish, cooking from fresh with the following components: one protein (meat or fish), one or two carbohydrates (rice, pasta, noodles or potatoes) and four vegetables.
The players had to plan the timings of the meals before preparing and cooking them with the help of professionally trained chefs.
Head of Education and Welfare, Mike Hurn was present for the session, and after a successful afternoon in the kitchens, he said the players had learned a lot:
"The message for the players was to realise that is can be simple to cook for themselves in a healthy and nutritious way, rather than choosing unhealthy options.
"It's important for the players to understand this aspect of being a footballer, because diet is so important to development and health.
"The chefs were fantastic and we would really like to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedule to show our players just what they can achieve in the kitchen if they put their minds to it."
Roger (DW Head Chef) welcomed the partnership with Latics' apprentices, saying:
"It was a good session, and I'm really glad the players enjoyed it. It would be great to put on more sessions to help them learn, and hopefully they will take some of the skills home with them."
Dave (Training Ground Chef) added:
"It was a really good session. All the boys got stuck in to the task, a lot more than we expected them to. It's a real positive to see what they took from the session and how much they enjoyed it.
"They already have a good understanding of nutrition through their education programme, but now they have the skills to put it into practice and make better decisions in their diet and lifestyle."
Midfielder Josh Gregory who took part in the session said:
"We've done a lot of good lifestyle sessions already but this was the best one for me, I really enjoyed it.
"If you can be bothered to make the effort and take the time to do it you can eat well instead of taking the easy option. It's not easy to cook, but we all learnt that we can do it, and do it well, with a bit of thought and application.
"The staff were great and I've already started cooking more at home."