Southampton Football Club has been granted planning permission for a new training complex at its Staplewood training ground.
New Forest Council approved the plans for the centre which will focus on developing young talent which the club hopes ‘will help to provide Southampton with a Premier League club in years to come that is sustainable and based on the development of young and local talent.’
Saints, currently in npower League One, say players from the age of eight upwards will benefit from the world class training facilities which ‘exceed current Premier League standards’ and help develop the club’s player development, coach education and sports medicine and science.
Southampton spokesman Jordan Sibley commented: "The club would like to thank both the New Forest Council, and the residents of Marchwood for supporting our proposals. It was important to us that we complete this vision with a close relationship with them; because we are certain that the new facilities will not only make the club very proud, but also the residents of Marchwood.
"Basic work has already started at the Staplewood site, with temporary buildings and accommodation already in place for the first team squad. Now that planning permission has been granted, the next stage is to immediately begin constructing additional temporary accommodation before demolishing the existing buildings in the coming months, with work set to start on the new structure around July. A period of nine to twelve months has been set aside for the construction process."