Blackpool FC purchase new building for Squires Gate training base

Blackpool FC have completed the design and purchase of a new modular building for their training base at Squires Gate.

Thursday, 4th June 2020, 4:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 4th June 2020, 4:08 pm

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Blackpool's players resumed training at Squires Gate 18 months ago, after a spell at Fulwood, but have had to use the changing facilities at Bloomfield Road.

Extensive work has been done on the training pitches at Squires Gate since Simon Sadler's takeover of the Club.

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The bespoke new building at Squires Gate will include facilities for changing, eating, meetings and medical needs

Planning permission had been granted to install some hired portable facilities at the site under the interim management team

Chief executive Ben Mansford told The Gazette: "Simon believes that the training ground environment is critical to the success of the club. Simon was not happy with the hiring of a second-hand building on significant terms.

"Therefore, we have been working with the coaching staff to design a bespoke building which we have now purchased on more a cost effective basis.

"The building includes changing facilities for players and staff, along with eating areas, meeting rooms and medical facilities. Our head coach Neil Critchley was able to have a final input in the design and fit-out. This is something we've been able to do through Simon's continued support.

Along with the new building for Squires Gate, Mansford also went to explain that: ""We are continuing to work hard towards a new training centre to accommodate the entire football operations of the club from the Academy to the first team.

"A new facility remains an absolute priority for Simon, and one which he is firmly committed to delivering.

"However, it is important that we get it right. We are still working on sites and designs but due to the Covid-19 crisis things are understandably moving a little slower than we would like.”