The Club is delighted to announce it has secured a lease for a dedicated First Team training facility.
The Championship grade facilities in Carrington contain a large gym, players’ lounge, restaurant, recovery rooms, player briefing rooms, office space and 3 elite training pitches. The Club has signed a 3 year lease with owners, Sale FC Rugby Club and invested in a significant refurbishment programme.
The facility provides a vital short-term training solution, with a longer-term ambition to build new facilities in the Borough of Stockport over the next 3-4 years. The Club is currently working closely with Stockport Borough Council to identify possible sites to build a state of the art Community Football Campus that will house the First Team, Academy teams alongside extensive community facilities that will support grassroots football and promote healthy lifestyles.
Simon Wilson, Director of Football said:
“Today is a significant step for the Club and the result of a lot of hard work by a number of people to secure a training base that both meets our immediate need, and our future development.”
“While Edgeley Park is very much the home of the Club, the training ground can be thought of as the home of the team as they will spend the majority of their time there. We know from studies that environment controls up to 80% of human behaviour.”
“While there has been an earnest quality and humbleness created from the use of rented facilities in the part time hybrid training model – that we never want to lose – the acquisition of a training ground gives us an opportunity to make a further upgrade in our all-round professionalism and give Jim and his team every opportunity to maximise the potential of our players.”
“Longer-term we are excited about the ambition to build a training centre in Stockport to further establish the Club as a destination for grassroots football, nurturing the best local talent through our academy and educational programmes.”
“We believe in this group of players and staff to do great things for our Football Club. But with high challenge you need to provide high support. With this facility, Jim, his immediate support team, and further infrastructure developments we are making, we feel we are giving ourselves the best chance of being successful.”