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Purdue Athletics broke ground on its new football performance complex earlier this week at Mollenkopf Athletic Center. The private groundbreaking ceremony was held in conjunction with the football program’s annual spring game reunion. Receiving more than US$20m in commitments, the Football Master Plan is part of the “Ever True: The Campaign for Purdue University” project.

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AFL Architects have been appointed by Shanghai Kehua Football Training & Development Co. Ltd to design and develop a new Academy and Training Facility. 

The Academy aims to play its part in the development of football in Southern China and Shanghai in particular. It will incorporate facilities comparable with those available in Western Europe, providing academy-type training and medical facilities for all ages of students.

The facility will also include the latest in pitch technology and a mini stadium (initial capacity 5,000), as well as community facilities aimed at increasing the local population’s participation in the sport.

The project is aimed to start on site with the first installation of the playing surfaces during the Spring of 2016.

Phil Osborne, Director, AFL Architects, said:

We are delighted to be developing our partnership with Kehua in Shanghai and we look forward to participating fully in the development of football and the facilities required during this exciting time of increasing enthusiasm for the sport in the region.


Image: The training facility. Courtesy: AFL Architects

Contest starts for GBP£17m Sunderland ‘Beacon of Light’ training facility

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Sunderland AFC’s charitable arm, the Foundation of Light, has started scouting for a contractor to build a GBP£15m sports centre next to the Sunderland Aquatics Centre and the Stadium of Light.

The Beacon of Light building will provide a mix of both indoor sports hall and outdoor soccer pitches, alongside zones for education, introducing young people to the world of work, health and wellbeing.

Architecture practice FaulknerBrowns came up with the striking cube design, which will rise to six storeys, just below the football stadium’s eaves.

FaulknerBrown's cube design.

FaulknerBrown’s cube design.

The entire development will provide 120,000sqm of accommodation on the 12 acre site.

Sir Bob Murray, Chairman of the Foundation’s trustees, said:

The Beacon will be an exciting and inspiring education, training and sports facility and an important catalyst for the wider regeneration of this quarter of the city.

Our plans have been designed to complement and support plans to provide sustainable and vibrant learning, skills and health facilities to help achieve the City’s Economic Masterplan and vision of an attractive and accessible Sunderland.


The centre will be the first of its kind in the UK and will welcome thousands of children, young people and adults from across the North East through its doors every week.


Source: Construction Enquirer

Dallas Cowboys announce name for team’s new home and surrounding development

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The Dallas Cowboys unveiled the name of the entire 91‐acre mixed‐use development project that will include the new home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters. 

The Star in Frisco, Texas, is the official name for the development that will be home to the Cowboys’ new training complex, a 12,000‐seat multi-use event centre, a recently announced Omni hotel, and a wide range of mixed‐use elements on the property located at the northwest corner of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, said:

When you think of the Dallas Cowboys visually, the iconic logo immediately comes to mind. It’s instantly recognizable and a source of great pride on the regional, national and international level. We believe it is also symbolic of the great pride that the citizens of Frisco feel about their community and being from the State of Texas.

Frisco Mayor Maher Maso added:

The Star in Frisco also represents five key points that we believe that this City and this development are all about: performance, amateur competition, health and wellness, engagement, and entertainment.
It’s the first thing most people envision when you say ‘Dallas Cowboys’, so it’s befitting The Star in Frisco is the name of this development, which will be home to America’s Team.
We’re looking forward to the day The Star in Frisco is open for business, building upon our city’s growing reputation as a community that values innovative, unique high‐calibre developments. This project is a source of pride in Frisco, and has been since the day our public‐private partnership was announced.
In a way, The Star is already shining in Frisco, and we can’t wait to begin hosting our residents, students and visitors in 2016.

With the new branding of The Star in Frisco in place, corporate naming partnerships for the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and the multi‐use event centre will be pursued moving forward.

Background on The Star in Frisco:
The partnership between the Dallas Cowboys, the City of Frisco and the Frisco Independent School District was announced on August 13, 2013, and ground was officially broken on the project on August 22, 2014. The Cowboys are expected to make the move north to Frisco in 2016.

A multi‐use special events and sports facility is to be developed on a footprint of approximately 20 acres, and the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters on a footprint of approximately five acres, will be the centrepiece of additional property that has been designated for mixed-use development. In total, the project will consist of 91 acres, located at the northwest corner
of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.
In addition to becoming the home to the NFL team’s entire football operation, including administrative offices, coaches offices and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the complex will include a multipurpose, 12,000-seat indoor stadium and two outdoor fields that will provide facilities for use by the Cowboys, City of Frisco, Frisco ISD football and soccer games, and
other sports, athletic, academic, fine arts and entertainment events. The mixed‐use development will be built on the approximately 66 acres remaining of the 91-‐acre tract. It will include
additional office buildings, lifestyle, retail and restaurant space, hotel and residential components that Dallas-based Lincoln Property Company will handle the leasing of as the project
moves forward.

Gensler and Associates has been selected as the architect and interior designer for the Cowboys World Headquarters and the adjoining multi‐use event centre. Manhattan Construction will serve as the primary builder charged with the construction of these, while Dallas-based O’Brien Architects has been designated as the designer for the masterplan of the mixed-use development that will surround the complex.


Official opening of BHAFC new training ground

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Brighton and Hove Albion FC’s new training ground was officially opened last month by BHAFC Chairman, Tony Bloom, Chief Executive, Paul Barber, and Head of EMEA Card Services and Premium Products at American Express, Peter Wright.

The state-of-the-art training ground is officially titled the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre and the opening was attended by senior members of the Football Club including Manager Sami Hyypia, representatives from American Express, Adur District Council and members of the Design and Construction team including KSS.

The new training and teaching facility includes 13 full and smaller sized natural grass and artificial grass pitches, plus a half size covered indoor pitch ensuring players can train in all weather conditions. The unique Y-shaped Elite Football Performance Centre provides two accommodation wings for the clubs academy and professional players, and the third providing a shared wing for a gymnasium, media centre and medical facilities.

The GBP£32m complex in Lancing, West Sussex, UK, recently achieved Category One status; the highest award under the Premier League’s new Elite Players Performance Plan, confirming its standing as one of the best training facilities in England alongside top Premier League clubs such as Manchester United and Arsenal.

The American Express Elite Football Performance Centre will provide the perfect platform to inspire the next generation of players and coaches, whilst also providing hundreds of jobs for the local community.

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Manchester City FC open their £200m ‘City Football Academy’

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City’s new youth development and first team training centre – the City Football Academy (CFA) – was opened today, December 8, by former manager and captain, Tony Book.

The unveiling of the 80-acre regenerated brownfield site, adjacent to the Etihad Stadium and part of the wider 200 acres known as the Etihad Campus, was overseen by Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the Right Honourable George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer during his visit to the city.

Prior to the opening event, the Chancellor was given a guided tour of the Academy by Chairman Al Mubarak during which he was introduced to leaders of three local businesses that provided central services and products during the construction of the site. Proceedings also included the unveiling of Etihad Avenue, the central street of the CFA and named after the primary partner of the Etihad Campus, Etihad Airways.

Mr Osborne also watched a lesson of the City under 12’s team, in one of the Academy classrooms, spending time chatting to a number of the students, after which he watched City’s first team train as they prepared for their forthcoming Champions League match against Roma.

The final part of the tour saw the Chancellor visit the First Team building where he viewed a wide range of facilities, with the tour ending in the circular first team dressing room.

Speaking of his visit, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said:

I am a strong believer in improving sporting facilities for young people, which is why I am delighted to oversee the opening of the City Football Academy today. The partnership between Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council is a benchmark for public private partnership, driving investment into the North of England and developing projects where business and the community benefit.

Club Chairman, Khaldoon Al Mubarak, added:

At the outset of his ownership, back in Autumn 2008, His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, set out his vision for the future of Manchester City Football Club.  He pledged to bring success on the field and to nurture young talent whilst at the same time remaining proudly rooted to the community in which it resided.

The cornerstone of the future, was a vision for youth development and sustainability; a vision to educate talented young footballers on and off the pitch and to do so in a facility supported by the best coaches and coaching programmes. The vision was underpinned by an unwavering commitment to the regeneration of the local area in both economic and environmental terms.

Today marks the end of six years of extensive research, development and construction involving many, many people. It also marks the beginning of a responsibility to deliver against the opportunities that this Academy now creates for us.

The CFA – research and planning for which began at the outset of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed’s ownership of the Club back in 2008 – is home to all of Manchester City FC’s football teams of both genders and all age groups. Two thirds of the 16.5 pitches on site are dedicated to the youth talent and the wider development of the young players is supported by tailored coaching and education facilities, medical and sports science services, sleeping accommodation and parents’ facilities. Such is the attention to detail that there are three different grass surfaces in operation – Desso, RouteZone and GrassMaster, on which training can be alternated to suit the surfaces of different opponents.

The CFA also accommodates the majority of Manchester-based staff in one connected operational base and is a global headquarters for those in the wider City Football family, which now includes sister clubs New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama Marinos.

The project, which has the overwhelming support of the local community, was underpinned by ambitious local recruitment and supply chain targets both of which were achieved, significantly up-skilling the local community and making a positive economic impact on the surrounding area.

The CFA also reached the highest possible environmental standards, achieving the Gold standard under LEED guidelines, with low carbon, low water and low waste measures being employed to minimise impact on the environment and encourage local bio diversity. The remediation alone, of the 80-acre site by the Club, had a positive environmental impact, turning a vast tract of land, polluted by years of heavy industrial use into clean terrain, and some 2,000 trees were planted on and around the site.

The Club enjoys a long-standing and mutually supportive relationship with Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Community.  Consistent with this, and in addition to the Club’s existing and on-going City in the Community Scheme which touches 45,000 lives a year with 400,000 individual contacts, the Club donated 5.5 acres of remediated land within the CFA on which the Connell sixth form college was built and a pitch for use by the local community.

The Club also donated GBP£3m to the creation of public swimming facilities in the local East Manchester Leisure centre and made the bridge, connecting the City Football Academy to the Etihad Stadium, a public right of way for use by its fans and the wider community.

City Football Academy. Courtesy: Manchester City FC.

City Football Academy. Courtesy: Manchester City FC.

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England squad train at new RFU facility

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The England Senior Squad trained for the first time at their new 2,700sqm Pennyhill Park facility in Bagshot, Surrey on October 28.

KSS, a leading sports architecture practice specialising in football/soccer stadia and training centres, were approached in 2012 to undertake a feasibility study on the existing hotel site, with practical completion of the project achieved in July 2014.

The indoor training facility includes a 40m x 40m 3G pitch, state-of-the-art gymnasium, changing and sports equipment storage rooms. KSS also designed the interior elements of the new facility. Exterior branding was also applied to the new facility with England Rugby’s emblem of the English rose sitting proudly on the outer façade of the main building.

The RFU have used Pennyhill Park as a base for the Senior England Team Squad since before the triumphant Rugby World Cup campaign in 2003.

The new facility replaces the temporary marquee gym and rugby pitch providing a single, modern and comprehensive centre for enhancing performance. It will be used over the next 12 months for training ahead of the remaining QBE Internationals, the RBS 6 Nations Championship and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Image caption & credit: England’s new gym complex and Desso pitch during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on October 28, 2014, in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Forest Academy scores with second 3G surface

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With English Championship soccer side, Nottingham Forest FC, not only looking to regain Premier League status after a 15-year absence, as well as striving for Category One status for its Academy, maintaining the best training facilities for its first team through to youngsters as young as eight is a top priority.


Faced with the challenge of attracting and developing the region’s most talented young footballers, the Club’s management took the decision to install a new state-of-the-art outdoor 3G playing surface at its Nigel Doughty Academy. The ultimate objective was not only to achieve playing consistency for every one of the club’s youngsters, but also to secure Category One academy status under the FA’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP).


Having already invested in an indoor synthetic training pitch last year, the Club contacted TigerTurf; a leading manufacturer of synthetic sports surfaces in the UK, who manufactured and supplied a 7,094m² surface, which was installed by Sleaford-based independent sports surfacing specialist, Smith Construction.


At the request of the academy coaching staff, the surface was manufactured with markings giving it the versatility to be divided from an FA regulation 11-a-side pitch into four smaller pitches to be used by younger academy age groups. With the academy hosting many talented youngsters aged 8 – 19 from across the club’s representative teams every week, an adaptable 3G area was essential.


Boasting FIFA 1 and 2 star accreditation, TigerTurf’s Soccer Real 60XQ is the result of breakthrough polymer processing that eradicates weak points which may occur in the yarns as a result of the shape, therefore producing unrivalled split resistance. This results in a surface which is durable enough to offer long-term elite level performance without compromising the aesthetics. The third generation synthetic turf system is 60mm in length and comprises two unique profiled fibres; part-filled with rubber and sand to enhance ball roll.


To enhance the overall standard of the playing area, the football club also invested in the installation of recessed goal areas to ensure that those goalposts not being used can be moved away from the pitch to avoid any safety risks. With goalposts constantly being moved to accommodate academy squads of different ages, this was deemed essential by the coaching staff.


Gary Brazil, Academy Manager at Nottingham Forest Football Club, commented:

When the Club took the decision to invest in a new 3G surface at its academy, the Chairman’s view was that the quality of the playing surface had to come first, which is certainly reflected in the quality of its performance to date.

From a coaching perspective, we couldn’t be happier with the new surface as it allows us to do the technical work that we need to do with the youngsters at the club – and do it with quality. The reception from the players has been equally positive as the new pitches create conditions very, very close to those of natural grass. The ball holds up better than on other synthetic pitches we’ve seen which gives a truer playing environment.

As we aim to achieve Category One status for our academy as soon as possible, it is essential that we offer a top-class facility with top-class surfaces. The new artificial training pitch is second to none and perfectly enhances our grass pitches and indoor surface, giving us everything we need to meet Category One criteria, which is the ultimate aim for us irrespective of the division our first team is playing in.

The new 3G area is great as it gives us a full-sized 11-a-side pitch which can be broken down into an 11 v 11 pitch, a 9 v 9 pitch and two 7 v 7 pitches, depending on what we need at any given time. This works extremely well for both competitive fixtures and training. I don’t think we’d do anything different even if we were asked to do it all again.


Ewan Hunter, the Club’s Head Groundsman added:

As well as being able to handle the demands of every team that trains at our academy, it was also important for us to have a pitch that would be simple to maintain. By running a charterhouse groomer and brush across the surface in a couple of different directions once a week, we can ensure the rubber infill on the surface is always evenly distributed.

The 3G surface is simple to maintain and by working closely with the coaching staff to monitor how much each pitch is used and in which areas, we can adjust our maintenance schedule accordingly.

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BHAFC training ground awarded Category One status

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Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s training ground has been awarded the prestigious Category One status; the highest level under the English Premier Leagues’ Elite Players Performance Plan (EPPP).

The new EPPP initiative, brought in at the start of the 2012/13 season, has seen Premier League and Football League academies independently assessed to determine the standard of each clubs training facilities. Categories are split into four; with Category One being the highest. The Championship club passed the rigorous auditing process, which focused on 10 factors including training facilities, coaching and education provisions.
Category One status confirms the long term vision of the Club to create a legacy of producing the best home grown players in the country. The award is a huge step forward for the Seagulls, with the Club now able to compete at under-21, under-18 and under-16 level against some of the biggest Premier League clubs in England.

Head of Football Operations, David Burke, highlighted the progress the Club has made in the last two years:

It is fantastic news. We have worked long and hard to get here and we are delighted with what we have achieved.

After years of scrupulous planning and significant financial investment in the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, the Category One status is fantastic news for the Club and local community.

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New training complex for Fleetwood Town FC gets the green light

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Newly promoted League One soccer side Fleetwood Town FC have received the go-ahead to start work on their new GB£6m sports complex.


The new facility, which will be used by Fleetwood Town’s first team, Thornton-Cleveleys FC and members of the local community, will feature a state-of-the-art full-size 3G pitch, as well as a number of grass pitches, along with the associated changing rooms, classroom facilities, and other community facilities.

Steve Curwood, Chief Executive of the League One side said of the work on Poolfoot Farm in Thornton:

We are delighted planning permission has been granted. We hope the project will start within a matter of weeks. Once started, I anticipate the project will take up to one year to fully complete.


I would like to thank NPL Estates and, in particular, Chairman Robert McFarlane, who have been extremely generous in gifting the land to Fleetwood Town FC. Finally, I must recognise the team at architects Croft Goode who have been a key partner in our preparations.


The bulk of the £6m outlay will be privately financed, with some grant funding.

QPR training facility confirmed

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Ealing Councillors have voted in favour of granting planning permission for Queens Park Rangers FC to build a full multi-purpose Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex on the Warren Farm site.

QPR CEO Philip Beard said:

We are hugely grateful for the support shown by all parties, especially the local residents, who we hope will benefit extensively from the range of facilities and activities that will become available over the course of the coming years.

There is a lot of hard work ahead of us as we finalise the design details and tendering of the project, but today’s news is a massive step forward and a significant milestone for the club.

The Elite Training Facility, set to complete in time for the 2015/16 season, will house the entire football department. It will provide: grass pitches for the first team and academy, an indoor 3G pitch, an outdoor 3G artificial pitch, extensive gym, sports science and rehabilitation areas, Academy classrooms, a large number of changing rooms, media, catering and grounds maintenance facilities.

The Community Sports Complex will use the extensive experience of QPR in the Community Trust to develop participation programmes and forge stronger and deeper local connections.

The development will be designed to meet the Club’s professional training requirements, and will meet the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category 1 criteria, with a layout of natural and artificial training pitches and grids. These facilities will provide a platform for the development of home grown talent.

Community facilities will be developed in line with Sport England and National Governing Bodies standards. The community facilities and community development programme will be managed by QPR in the Community Trust.

The development will incorporate Secured by Design recommendations and will meet with the Council’s Sports Strategy and public sports participation targets.


Cardiff community facility funded by PLCFF

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Cardiff City has opened the House of Sport II, a new home for community sport, Cardiff City FC Community & Education Foundation and its programmes. The £2m training centre, part of an overall £4m project, was supported with a £350,000 capital grant from the Premier League Community Facility Fund (PLCFF).

The facility is a second stage development for Cardiff City who opened the House of Sport in 2010, an indoor 3G training facility behind the Cardiff City Stadium. The House of Sport II is a new 63m x 42m arena that will be home to a range of sporting activities. It is anticipated that over the next five years over 600,000 individuals will use House of Sport II.

Three sports will have majority use of the venue: the Cardiff City Futsal Scholarship, the Welsh Football Trust Futsal coaching and the Cardiff Junior Futsal League will use the facility nearly half the time (46%), Welsh Basketball will run coaching and leagues (38%) and Welsh Netball (16%). House of Sport II will also be used by local schools, twilight football clubs and disability football.

Cardiff City Football Club manager Malky Mackay said:

The launch of House of Sport II here in Cardiff is fantastic news for the local community. The House of Sport has proven an exceptional and invaluable facility to my staff and players over the past eighteen months and we’ve seen first-hand why local groups, sports clubs and colleges – including our friends and colleagues at Cardiff and Vale – have taken to playing and working there.

I’ve no doubt that House of Sport II will prove equally attractive to Cardiff’s sporting community, especially in its catering for Futsal which has an incredible effect on young players honing their touch and skills. We’re very lucky to have the House of Sport on our doorsteps.

PLCFF is funded by the Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation. £18m is being invested over the next three years to develop new or refurbished sports facilities for local people across the country. The Fund is open to all football club community-led organisations from the Premier League, Football League, and Football Conference, including the Conference North and South Divisions. The new PLCFF-enhanced sites also help to strengthen links between professional football clubs and their communities, becoming venues for the clubs’ outreach work.

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House of Sport II opening.