English Premier League football club Leicester City’s vice-chairman has described the plans for a new training facility as a “once-in-a-generation opportunity.”
The club, which won the Premier League title in 2016, has unveiled a site in Charnwood that was previously occupied by Park Hill Golf Club.
The new training centre will include facilities for Leicester’s first team, development squad and academy setups, as well as facilities to support the club’s community programme and its efforts to promote inclusion and sports participation throughout the region.
In addition, the club intends to engage with the region’s major educational establishments to offer further opportunities for progressive collaboration.
Vice-chairman, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, said: “The club has experienced an extraordinary rate of growth in the last seven years and keeping the Leicestershire community at the heart of that growth has been and will continue to be a fundamental principle of our vision.
“The new training ground is a truly exciting phase of our development and a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to demonstrate both our ambition, and that of the city, on such a large scale. We want to invest in the best possible training facilities to develop and attract the world’s elite sporting talent to Leicester and to give them a competitive edge in a game that is constantly evolving.
“It is crucial to us that the benefits brought about by the new development make the facility a source of pride for the Leicestershire community – known for so many years for its rich tradition in sporting development.”
A programme of public consultation has been scheduled for Spring 2018, giving local residents, businesses, communities and fans the opportunity to discuss the proposals for the new site.
The club notes that it will confirm dates and locations for the public consultation on the new training facility in due course.
The club’s chief executive, Susan Whelan, said: “The forthcoming consultations will be an opportunity for the surrounding communities to learn more about the direction we would propose, to understand the opportunities the development will present and offer valuable feedback that we can take into the planning stages.”
(Modification: Leicester City logo added)