Burnley Football Club has submitted a detailed application to Burnley Borough Council to transform the club’s Gawthorpe Training facility.
The application is for a new indoor training facility that would meet the requirements for Academy Grade Two status, in addition to a new first team and academy training buildings, in addition to the construction of three new pitches.
The club currently has planning permission to alter / extend and build an indoor pitch on the current site, but this would leave no spare capacity to keep up with the changing face of the Premier League’s ‘Elite Player Performance Plan’ (EPPP).
The construction of a new facility would provide growth and development for Burnley Football Club’s first and youth teams to compete at the highest level and attract the next generation of players.
Burnley Football Club CEO Lee Hoos said: “Going forward this is an absolutely critical piece of work for the club.
“It’s great to have a nice stadium, but for the players their place of work is the training ground so we need to give them the best opportunities for training and development and that includes enhancing the sports science provisions up there.
“The development of the 60m x 40m indoor facility will also help us get the Academy to Category Two, which again helps to take the club forward in attracting young players.
“When players go in every day to a facility that is purpose built and with good facilities, I think they feel good about their work.
“They know we can probably add something to their career because we can take care of them, then that in turn helps us to attract more players.
“So all in all this is a vital development that we need to pursue.”
The planning application would hopefully see this new building constructed on the opposite side of the current bridge that crosses the River Calder, on land that is currently owned by the football club. Access to the indoor and outdoor facilities would be via the bridge, and would include the following:
• Various sizes of external football pitches to offer rotational training
• One indoor 60m x 40m football pitch
• Changing facilities for the first and youth teams (eight in total)
• Team meeting room
• Guest lounge for parents
• Match analysis suite
• Medical and sports science facilities
• Administration facilities for support staff
• Players’ Lounge
• Catering Facilities
• Drugs testing suite
• Hydro pool
• Car parking
Local residents have been contacted regarding the new application and will have their opportunity to comment on the plans at a meeting in the New Year.