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19 February 2016

Gary Caldwell on ‘excellent’ news regarding training facility.

  • Latics to move to Euxton training facility.
  • Gary Caldwell’s thoughts on training ground move.
  • Academy to be based at Christopher Park.
Following the news this morning of the purchase of Bolton Wanderers’ Euxton training facility by the Whelan family, Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell shared his thoughts with Latics PlayerHD.

“It’s excellent news for us to be moving to the new facility in Euxton in the summer.

“It’s something I think we need in order to progress as a club, we need better facilities for the first team and we also need a place like Christopher Park where the Academy can expand and develop.

“Christopher Park is a great base for the Academy and all our age groups will be able to train there, play more matches and the club will hopefully be able to develop the facilities to enable us to achieve a higher categorisation.

“Allowing the Academy staff and players to be based at one location is something we’ve been looking at for a while, obviously we’d like everyone to be in one place, but at this time that’s beyond what we can do.

“To have the Academy based at our current training ground is a fantastic opportunity for the young players right through from the very youngest ages up to the youth team.”

Caldwell continued, talking about the new facility in Euxton in further detail:

“We’ll not be that far away in our new facility, which is ready for our first team and has all of the equipment that we need to progress as a football club.

“It’s got a number of pitches, one of which has under soil heating, which will give us the facility to train when the weather is poor in winter.

“It’s got a state of the art gym, with recuperation and rehabilitation facilities, as well as more space for us to carry out our match analysis.

“Just in terms of what it can bring to the club, it’s fantastic and it will be great to go there in the summer.”

Drawing his experiences of moving training base as a player, he added:

“I moved to Lennoxtown when Celtic moved training ground, and the first year was good to move to a new facility, but it took a lot of time for things to settle down and we had to go through the process.

“We’re moving to something which is ready-made and has been functioning as a first team training ground for Bolton Wanderers, so we’re going there with the aim of settling in quickly.”

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