DRONE VIEW: £6m community football revolution

MP Paul Maynard visits the new Fleetwood Town training anc community pitch facility in Thornton
MP Paul Maynard visits the new Fleetwood Town training anc community pitch facility in Thornton
  • Fleetwood Town’s £6m football centre nears completion
  • 4G all-weather pitches already in use
  • League One side has started training at facility
  • MP hails rise of the ‘Cod Army’
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Fleetwood Town’s £6m community football revolution is rapidly taking shape.

FUSE Football is a state-of-the-art football centre based at the club’s training ground at Poolfoot Farm, Thornton.

It hosts the opportunity for seven and 11-a-side games for footballers of any age or ability on the latest 4G FIFA 2 star standard pitches.

League One Fleetwood have recently started using the facility while the community is already taking advantage of the 4G all-weather pitches.

The new facility is located in one venue for clubs on the Fylde coast – from grassroots through to elite teams – for pitch hire, leagues, themed tournaments, children’s football and player/coach education with an emphasis on community use.

This will allow all age groups within the club to train at the same venue, creating a collective feel between all grassroots clubs and Fleetwood Town FC.

The only club that I thought mattered was Blackpool FC but that now is not the case – the Cod Army has risen!

MP Paul Maynard

Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, visited the FUSE Football facility and talked through the advantages for the community.

Paul said: “I think when you see the reality of what’s occurring here the scale of it is really impressive.

“The difference it can make to the local community is really impressive as well.

“What Fleetwood Town are doing here is absolutely visionary.”

Paul spoke with Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood about the club’s plans and was given a tour of the impressive FUSE Football complex as well as the Fleetwood headquarters of club sponsor BES Utilities – the utilities company set up by club chairman Andy Pilley.

And he admitted he never envisaged Fleetwood Town’s rise when he first became an MP in 2010.

Paul added: “When I took over the only club that I thought mattered was Blackpool FC but that now is not the case – the Cod Army has risen!

“My diary now is all focused around the Blackpool v Fleetwood derby. It’s remarkable what can happen in five years and I’m really proud of what Fleetwood Town have achieved.”

When complete the FUSE Football facility will be home to Fleetwood Town’s first team, development squad and youth teams and will also boast a sports café, changing facilities and offices for club personnel”