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Football Academy centre planned at Trentham Lakes

A football academy centre is to be established by Stoke City FC on the 400-acre Trentham Lakes mixed-use scheme being developed by Stoke-on-Trent Regeneration Ltd, the joint venture vehicle formed by St Modwen Properties PLC and Stoke City Council.

A site has been let to the football club to construct the £600,000 centre and outdoor training area which will be used for training youngsters from under-9s to under-19s as well as by the club’s professional players.

The academy centre, which will comply fully with all the Football Association’s requirements for such facilities, will be available to the local community and to other football clubs when not in use by Stoke City FC. Stoke City Ladies and multi-disabled teams will train at the centre.

Mike Herbert, a Director of Stoke -on-Trent Regeneration, said: “It is very pleasing to see facilities being developed that will provide training through Stoke City FC for the benefit of the local community and sports clubs in the area. Trentham Lakes now offers a range of sports and leisure

facilities for the area.”

Jonathan Fuller, Chief Executive of Stoke City FC, said that . “Our Football in the Community scheme will invite local youngsters into the centre for coaching, and local clubs and organisations will also be able to hire the centre.

“This major investment is testament to the club’s belief in both providing the best possible training facilities for its professionals and in developing its own young players for the future, as well as providing access to the community at large.”

The centre will enlarge the sports facilities that are being provided as part of the overall Trentham Lakes development, including the Britannia Stadium. The development already includes the Power League five-a-side football centre, a new cricket ground for Hem Heath Cricket Club, and

Green’s Health and Fitness Club.

For further information contact Mike Herbert of St Modwen on 01782-281844.

Issued by Paul Raymer of Howle Chapman Raymer (0121-236-7771).