Partick Thistle FC are pushing ahead with plans to build a dedicated training ground for the club in Glasgow.
The Scottish Premiership team has agreed a deal with Three Black Cats, a company set up by the Weir family for long term investments, to build the new £4 million facility.
Three Black Cats was seeking a new investment project and has agreed to work with Partick Thistle to design and build a new training ground to the Club’s specification.
It will then be leased to Thistle while remaining in the ownership of Three Black Cats.
The first team, development, academy and ladies squads, will all relocate to the new base from locations around Glasgow.
David Beattie, Chairman of Partick Thistle, said:
It has been a long-held ambition of this Club to have its own training ground. The Board is ecstatic that we will now have that facility. Most importantly, it won’t just be for first team use but for our youth academy, women’s team and everyone else who is part of our football club.
We are grateful to Three Black Cats for their vote of confidence in us. Ian Maxwell will lead for the Thistle side in this project to ensure that this training ground will for work us in the years ahead. The money we currently spend on facilities around Glasgow will be used to service our lease and costs at the new ground.
I can’t emphasise enough the significance of this new facility. It reinforces that we are an established Premiership club, with a level of professionalism and ambition that these new facilities will reflect.
The location for the new development has not yet been finalised.
A spokesman for Three Black Cats said:
We have been looking for a new long term investment opportunity and believe that this new project will work for us and Partick Thistle. Thistle’s ongoing stability – through the Club management’s financial prudence and through the Board’s strong leadership – persuaded us that this development is a worthwhile investment. It will be an exciting project and we are keen to get on with securing land as soon as possible. It is our intention to have the facility completed and operational within two years and will work closely with Thistle to ensure that it is fit for purpose.