Consultation launched for Blackpool FC training ground plans

Proposals by Blackpool Football Club to build a new training ground will go out to public consultation next week.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Friday, 22nd July 2022, 4:14 pm

People are being urged to give their feedback either online, or by going along to one of three public exhibitions of the scheme starting on Tuesday (July 26).

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Views will then be taken into account when the club submits its planning application for development of the Garstang Road site between Blackpool's Grange Park Estate and Baines School in Poulton.

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Artist's impression of Blackpool FC's proposed new training ground

Blackpool FC chief executive Ban Mansford said: "We know that the people of Blackpool and our fans will be excited to find out more about our plans for the future of the club.

“We are looking forward to meeting with the public and understanding their feedback, which will help shape our plans before we submit a planning application later this year.”

The proposals include eight full-size training pitches, a half-size indoor pitch, a smaller nine-a-side pitch, two smaller goalkeeper training spaces and a new, eco-friendly training centre with classrooms, medical areas, office space and a gym.

There will also be parking for up to 120 cars. Around 40 jobs will be relocated to the new site, with 20 new jobs expected to be created.

Artist's impression of Blackpool FC's proposed new training ground

The facility will replace the outdated current training ground at Squires Gate Lane and allow the first team and academy players to train at the same venue for the first time.

A statement setting out the club's vision for the development says: "New fit for purpose training facilities will provide the set-up we need to compete with rivals and perform at the highest level possible.

"Through the new proposed training facilities, we are laying down the framework required to build upon our recent success and support the club’s ambition to bring Premier League football back to Blackpool."

Consultation sessions are being held on Tuesday July 26 (2.30pm – 7.30pm) at The Matthews Suite, Blackpool Football Club; Friday July 29 (3pm – 8pm) at Poulton-le-Fylde Community Hall; and Tuesday August 2 (2.30pm – 7.30pm) at @ The Grange, FY3 7RW.

Consultation will run until August 5 and people can also view the plans and give feedback at: www.blackpoolfcconsultation.co.uk

Or they can call a dedicated community information line (Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm) on 0800 652 9460, or email feedback and questions to [email protected]