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Staplewood training ground update


Matthew Le God

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£30m upgrade of the training ground...

 

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When finished...

 

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Plus the club is now extending the training ground to these fields...

 

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Those fields will include a new training dome and will end up like this...

 

http://web3.newforest.gov.uk/ConnectAcolaidWebExternal/GetDocumentContentExternal.aspx?documentId=622617&filename=Proposed+Site+Plan.pdf

 

More planning applications keep going into the New Forest District council for further improvements, for example last month this was submitted...

 

http://web3.newforest.gov.uk/ConnectAcolaidWebExternal/GetDocumentContentExternal.aspx?documentId=815832&filename=AL-12-20-010+UNDER+PITCH+HEATING+ENCLOSURE+-+PLANS+-+ELEVATIONS-Rev+C331779620000.pdf.pdf

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So is the dome in the new fields what the extra £15m is about?

 

Part of it, the additional fields to the south which extend the size of the site cost money as does...

 

- the new training dome

- 3G pitches

- groundman store

- security hut

- improvements to the academy buildings

- significantly larger main pavilion building

- extra floodlights

etc etc

 

All which weren't included in the original £15m plans.

 

For example originally it was going to look like this...

 

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Which is significantly smaller in scope than what they are now building and is why the cost is now £30m+, because it is better than the original plans.

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I live just around the corner from it and go past pretty much every day. they have built a new entrance round the back which goes in to where that old white dome was, think its going to be the new main entrance and car park but not sure, at the moment its just used by diggers etc

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More planning applications keep going into the New Forest District council for further improvements, for example last month this was submitted...

 

http://web3.newforest.gov.uk/ConnectAcolaidWebExternal/GetDocumentContentExternal.aspx?documentId=815832&filename=AL-12-20-010+UNDER+PITCH+HEATING+ENCLOSURE+-+PLANS+-+ELEVATIONS-Rev+C331779620000.pdf.pdf

 

Good to know that KL has signed off improved plans for the site, and she is not just finishing off designs planned while Cortese was at the helm. Hopefully indicative of her 'ambition' for the club.

 

Do you know when the site is due to be completed MLG?

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Do you know when the site is due to be completed MLG?

 

They are aiming for the first phase (with the main pavilion building) ready this summer for when players return for pre-season. The extension of the site into the farmers fields to the south including the new training dome and additional pitches will take longer.

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Marsden, Richards, kakhoul, Dodd, pahars, Hurst?, Oakley, bridge, Ripely, Hiley?, beattie, p jones, Davies, Claus, Gray, d jones, Some non-descript Norwegian, Hughes,, Boa Morte, x, Benali. Front: x, ***t, cowens.

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Marsden, Richards, kakhoul, Dodd, pahars, Hurst?, Oakley, bridge, Ripely, Hiley?, beattie, p jones, Davies, Claus, Gray, d jones, Some non-descript Norwegian, Hughes,, Boa Morte, x, Benali. Front: x, ***t, cowens.

 

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What is the situation regarding visits to look over the new facilities or is it too top secret and out of bounds to mere peasants like STHs?

 

Is it still possible to roll up and watch training these days or is that also taboo?

 

As far as I'm aware no one is allowed on site while the building work is ongoing. Access for U21 & U18 games is only for relatives of the players and a request must be made. Hopefully this will change when work is complete.

 

Here, this is from the OS:

 

"Due to extensive building works taking place at the training ground, U18 games taking place at Staplewood will do so behind closed doors. Family members or scouts wishing to attend games should make a written or verbal request to the Training Ground and, wherever possible, we will confirm your request with an invitation to attend the game. Please note that there will be no car parking facilities at the Training Ground"

 

http://www.saintsfc.co.uk/fixtures-results/u18-fixtures/

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From what I recall, the club doesn't own all of the land it currently uses, part of it is leased (long-term). Entirely possible that the same applies here.

 

I believe it used to be owned by some trust, however I thought SFC had bought it in the last eighteen months because the lease was coming to an end.

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