Blackpool FC start work on installing new building at Squires Gate training ground

Blackpool FC have begun work on the installation of a new modular building for their training base at Squires Gate.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 10:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 10:58 am

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The bespoke new building will include facilities for changing, eating, meetings and medical needs.

Head coach Neil Critchley and members of his coaching staff recently got their hands dirty to help start on the redevelopment of the facility.

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The temporary buildings have now arrived and have been lowered down by cranes this morning.

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

Blackpool's players resumed training at Squires Gate 18 months ago after a brief 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.

The modular building is dropped into place. Picture courtesy of Blackpool FC

Chief executive Ben Mansford recently 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 a more 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.”

The modular building arrives at Squires Gate. Picture courtesy of Blackpool FC

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.”