A number of fans have been asking what’s happening with the training ground improvements at Benton we heard about over eighteen months ago.
Construction was initially supposed to start at the end of last season – but because our precarious situation in the league, the plans were put on hold – but now the club is looking at how to reset the plans.
But of course it may now be next May – because the players need to train somewhere during the season – so that’s one casualty of our very worrying second half of the season.
Newcastle United Football Club have announced plans for a stunning new state-of-the-art training complex as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Club’s existing 35-acre training ground site.
The current intention is that work will get underway in May 2015 and when complete in early 2016, the Magpies will occupy one of the finest training facilities of its kind in Europe.
While existing training pitches and a modern indoor training hall will be retained, the Club’s current Training Center building will be demolished and replaced by a much larger, high-tech structure.
It will accommodate newly-designed changing, training, rehabilitation, medical, leisure and catering facilities and will also introduce the latest aquatic technology to the site, with a 20-metre swimming pool, a hydrotherapy and fitness pool and specialist equipment to aid injury prevention and recovery.
The new construction will also create a fitness center double the size of the Club’s existing gymnasium, as well as administrative space, a presentation suite for match analysis and a new media suite.
And when asked in the Fans Forum meeting on Monday night about the status of the training grounds this is how the club responded:
The club outlined that planning has been approved, tenders had been out and prices had been supplied. In order to proceed, contracts needed to be signed well in advance but because of the position the club found itself in towards the end of the season, the decision was taken not to commit at that time.
Along with the head coach, the club is now identifying the best time to start work and is mindful of disruptions mid-season.
It seems as through the plans could be put back as much as a year – which is a pity.