Championship side Blackpool secure site for new training ground
Blackpool Football Club have announced that it has exchanged contracts to secure nearly 100 acres of land for a new training facility.
The site connects Blackpool and Poulton-le-Fylde along Garstang Road, bordered by the Grange Park Estate and Baines School.
The facility will house a bespoke building with changing, medical, coaching, fitness and education areas. Initially with six grass pitches, one full size artificial pitch and a covered artificial area, the site will be designed for one of the pitches to be deemed a show pitch for development and Under-18 games. When appropriate to do so, this facility will enable the Club to progress from a Cat 3 to Cat 2 Academy.
The Club has already conducted the required Pre-Application Planning Meetings with Blackpool and Wyre Councils and will now undertake the rest of the required work to be able to submit the Planning Application at the earliest opportunity.
Simon Sadler said:
“Since the very first day that I became the custodian of this Football Club, my priority has been to deliver a training facility that integrates the Academy right through to the First-Team.
“I have always maintained that our future success is being built upon three pillars - coaching, recruitment and the Academy. This new training facility is integral to that, and will reinforce that Blackpool is the pre-eminent Club on the Fylde Coast.
“The training ground forms part of a holistic approach to developing the Club’s infrastructure, with the other key part being a new East Stand and sports village.
“The latter is intrinsically linked with Blackpool Council’s regeneration of the Revoe area and that will, in turn, provide facilities for community use and allow the Club to further engage with supporters.
“I very much look forward to breaking ground on each of these developments and would like to thank Blackpool and Wyre Councils for their ongoing support, and my wife Gillian for helping to make this landmark moment in our history a reality.”