Legend to open new Fleetwood complex
It will be Fergie time next week as football's most famous knight, Sir Alex Ferguson, does the honours at Fleetwood Town's ambitious Â£8 million training complex in Thornton
Ferguson, the most decorated manager in British football history - will cut the ribbon on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of the club’s impressive state-of-the-art facility
Poolfoot’s official opening will see Fleetwood Town boast some of the finest training facilities in the United Kingdom with 12 grass pitches, two full size 4G FIFA two-star standard artificial pitches, a fully-fitted gym, fitness studio, physiotherapy suite, dedicated classrooms, meetings rooms, a top quality bar and restaurant, seven changing rooms and offices.
And it was major coup to get the former Manchester United manager, just back from attending the Masters golf tournament in the United States, to perform the ceremony.
Not only will the facilities – which are already fully open to the public – benefit Town’s first team, but the development of young players with the club now in talks to develop their youth academy to match those operated in the Premier League.
Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley said: “Not only is Sir Alex a legendary manager, but someone whose track record in discovering, honing and developing young home-grown talent is second to none.
“That makes him the perfect choice to open our stunning new training complex where we hope over the next few years we can discover, nurture and develop the next generation of talented young footballers.”
Pilley says he hopes the new facilities, which are available for the local community to use, will help persuade talented young local players to develop their skills closer to home.
He added: “Too many good young players are tempted by the lure of the Premier League, but their development is stifled as they are often lost inside the massive academies of the big North West clubs.
“We really hope that now we have Premier League-standard training facilities and an academy to match we can find and develop that raw talent which will not only be good for the future of Fleetwood Town but the players and future players themselves.”
The facilities at Poolfoot Farm, which are built on the site of a former farm, were constructed to the highest specification after the club’s management toured a number of top training complexes across England and on the continent.
Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood said: “We’ve taken the best ideas from those complexes we visited, but the greatest challenge was trying to make it work as both a professional training facility and a community sports complex.
“Almost no clubs open their training facility doors to the public in the UK - however, overseas there are some great examples of this and how this engages local communities and fans.
“This facility will transform the club in so many ways both for the professional players and the community.