Latics are to play five schoolboys in their youth team for tomorrow's game against Accrington Stanley in the Football League Youth Alliance's North West Conference.
They will play an under-17 side in the under-18 league as they have one eye on the future.
The starting line up will comprise six first-year scholars and five schoolboys.
The majority of second-year trainees are to feature in the reserve team for the remainder of the season.
Tomorrow's game at Chapel Road kicks off at 11am.