Roberto Martinez paid a visit to Wigan Athletic’s Academy base at Montrose Skills Hub yesterday to share some wise words and congratulate the second year scholars on the final day of their academic education programme.
The players have been studying BTEC Level 3 Diplomas and NVQ Level 3 qualifications during their time at the club, something which the manager believes is a crucial part of their progress at Wigan Athletic.
“Football is a sport of ingredients and every player must work hard to bring all of those ingredients together.
“The academic side of their development is crucial in setting them up for the future, whether they stay with the club or not, we strive to give them the best support for their time beyond the Under 18s.
“Learning in the classroom can also have a direct effect for players on the pitch because their minds can take in lots of information which can be transferred to moments that they are given instructions when they are playing.”
Passion, motivation and dedication were the key words in the manager’s speech to the second years, something which Head of Education and Welfare Mike Hurn believes the players have shown in their academic work.
“What I’m most pleased with is their attitude towards achieving the best results they can.
“They’ve gone from believing a pass grade is sufficient, to pushing themselves to achieving the very best qualifications they can get at merit or distinction levels.
“It has been a challenge to get the boys to achieve this academically but it has also been an enjoyable one.
"What we’re trying to achieve is a culture and belief that the players create the same standards inside the classroom as they create on the pitch.”