It’s been a couple of years since there was an update from Latics PlayerShare and following a request for a number of fans, we caught up with Rick (PlayerShare committee member), Paul Murray (Academy Manager) and here’s what we discussed.

What has been happening for the past couple of years?

At present, there are a small number of fans donating to PlayerShare and we’re grateful to those supporters who still support the scheme.   There’s a modest balance in the bank and that is there as and when it is needed.

There hasn’t been much activity with PlayerShare towards late into the tenure of the former owner.  When Mr Lemsagam invested in the club, nobody had a real grasp of just how much money the club would have to operate in the transfer market, so things went into hibernation a little.

Support for home grown talent

The emergence of players such as Zac Emmerson, Lewis McKinney and Reece Gaskell made us realise that maybe we could look to offer support at academy level to help fund the development of local home-grown talent and Trust Oldham supported the Academy Christmas party last year as a starting point.

The lads really enjoyed going bowling and we are grateful to Trust Oldham and their members for helping make that happen.

Paul Murray, Academy Manager

Following on from that we started to discuss the potential to provide support for the youth team at the current time.  However, arranging pre-season in any way is impossible until a clear timeframe has been given for returning to training at youth level.

We have offered the funding of training kit for the Youth Team when they return – this could be professional-grade balls, training kit, cones and water bottles and Muzza is going to let us know what he needs.

What will we do next?

We’ll wait to hear back from Paul – and once he’s ready we’ll look at getting the cheque book out for him and the lads.

As part of the way that PlayerShare works, money will only be given on the provision it does not block other funding for the Academy.  This could be in the the form grants from EFL, FA or other funding bodies.  Darren has spoken to Shahed at the club about this to ensure this will also not block any funding from the club too.

Point of clarification

The funding of the Christmas bowling trip came from Trust Oldham funds, and not PlayerShare funds.   Any decisions on the use of funds from PlayerShare is decided by a committee that sits separate to Trust Oldham.