Blackpool provide a glimpse of £300,000-worth of improvements at Squires Gate training ground

The extensive work undertaken on Blackpool’s Squires Gate training ground has been revealed for the first time.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd June 2022, 8:37 am

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While the club has already announced major plans to eventually move to a 100-acre multi-purpose training ground on Garstang Road, the Seasiders will continue to make Squires Gate as welcoming as possible for Michael Appleton, his staff and squad of players.

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In a video updating supporters on day two of pre-season, head groundsman Paul Flynn spoke a little about the work.

“It’s the first day back here at Squires Gate, with the lads back on the grass after the testing on Monday,” he told Tangerine TV.

“There’s been some significant work done down here over the summer. There’s the extension to the building, an extension to the changing rooms, a new meeting room and the new coach’s office. The physio room has been extended, we’ve got the new containers for all the machinery as well.

“Regarding the pitches, the irrigation on pitch one has been put in. There are 28 pop-ups in total.

As first reported by The Gazette, the Seasiders have forked out £300,000 this summer to help improve Squires Gate

“The decking has also been astro-turfed, which looks 10 times better and the lads all use it as an area.

“We’ve had a 3G area done for Ross Jones’ rehab area, the tech-ball tables etc will all be on there. We’ve also got the catch nets behind each goal which will help spread the wear out from Banksy and the lads doing their stuff on a Friday before a game.

“The car park has been tarmacked too.”

Sonny Carey pictured with the extended changing rooms

Alongside David Kerslake, who has also joined the club, O’Donnell worked with Appleton in his previous role at Lincoln City.

Outlining the club’s plans for the opening few days of pre-season, O’Donnell said: “It’s the second day, so we’ve still got a bit of testing to do to see where they’re at, see where their base level of fitness is.

“It’s been good though. A few lads have come back in better shape than expected.

“It’s been a relatively tough day for them. They’ve done a bit of running but they’ve also had a feel of the ball.

Jordan Thorniley and Jake Beesley play a spot of darts

“Moving forward, there will be quite a lot of tactical staff now, so it’s something the lads will be looking forward to.

“There’s a good team spirit about them and I’m delighted to be here and I’m really looking forward to meeting the boys properly.”

The club have given the 27-year-old the opportunity to continue his rehabilitation work as he looks to work his way back to full fitness.

The midfielder has been out of action since rupturing his achilles tendon during Blackpool’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth in August 2021.

Kenny Dougall, CJ Hamilton and Shayne Lavery haven’t been involved as they’ve been given extra time to rest and recuperate after their recent exploits for their respective international sides.

Jerry Yates shows supporters the new tarmacked car park
The club have extended the main building at their Squires Gate base