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Wigan Athletic training ground a step closer

8 September 2014

Wigan Athletic have just one final hurdle to clear before they can begin work on a new training ground after a local council planning committee provided their approval.

The Latics purchased the site of the former Charnock Richard Golf Club last year and on Sunday their plans for a new complex were given the green light by Chorley Borough Council Planning Committee.

The Sky Bet Championship club now need approval from the Secretary of State, which they expect they will receive in 21 days, before they can start work on a site which they hope will be operational by August 2016.

"This is the most exciting project the club has been involved in since the building of the then JJB Stadium, now DW Stadium, in 1999 and this week's recommendation was a huge step in the right direction," chief executive Jonathan Jackson told the club's official website.

"We feel that the site is perfect in terms of being able to provide the club with an infrastructure to grow into the future, and provide an elite football facility for generations to come."

The 2013 FA Cup winners have enjoyed an incredible few years, with their success at Wembley being followed by their first ever campaign in Europe last season.

Jackson is keen for Wigan to continue moving forward and believes the new training site would help their growth.

"To compete in the highest levels of English football, Wigan Athletic needs facilities that are comparable with other clubs in the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship," he added.

"The Charnock Richard proposal will allow us to attract players of all ages and also develop future professionals.

"We have a unique story at our club and thanks to the funding and vision of our chairman, David Whelan, we have the opportunity to maintain the success of recent years and continue to realise our ambitions.

"Whilst a new academy and training ground is still a future project, last week's recommendation was a major step forward."

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