Bristol City unveils plans to expand academy

PUBLISHED: 06:17 28 December 2017

The club wants to improve its academy facilities. Picture: Bristol City FC

The club wants to improve its academy facilities. Picture: Bristol City FC

Bristol City FC

A 500-seat floodlit football pitch is among the further developments planned by Bristol City in Failand.

An aerial view of the proposed development. Picture; Bristol City FCAn aerial view of the proposed development. Picture; Bristol City FC

The football club, which shares facilities with Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital school in Clevedon Road, wants to increase the size of its facilities to improve the academy.

A gymnasium, three full-sized football pitches and more training areas are proposed.

Planning permission is being sought.

City say the development will be instrumental in growing the club to ensure it continues to excel on the pitch.

The Robins, who are challenging for promotion to the Premier League and knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup, have a good record for bringing through youngsters.

Left-back Joe Bryan, who was brought up in North Somerset and went to Fairfield School in Backwell, is one academy graduate to have cemented his place in manager Lee Johnson’s starting XI. He scored the opener in City’s 2-1 defeat of United earlier this month.

City chief executive officer Mark Ashton said: “This (development) will bring our training facilities into the 21st century and will provide the club’s academy and first team with an elite performance environment.

“We’ve been working on the training ground project for the past two years and, next to the redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium, it’s the next phase of the club’s development and will transform the training environment for players and staff throughout the club.

How Bristol City expect the floodlit pitch to look. Picture: Bristol City FC.How Bristol City expect the floodlit pitch to look. Picture: Bristol City FC.

“Our player development programme underpins our ethos at Bristol City, therefore providing a permanent home for our first team and academy setup is another demonstration of the Lansdown family’s commitment to the club and its young players.”

The 500-seat stadium would be used for under-23 matches if planning permission is secured.

Changing rooms, a medical and rehabilitation centre and office space for City staff also form part of the plan. The club said the facilities will be ‘state-of-the-art’.

Mr Ashton added: “We have worked in consultation with key stakeholders throughout the project, and will continue to work through the formal planning process and ensure supporters are kept fully up to date with its progress every step of the way.”

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