Football League back Huddersfield Town’s Canalside training complex plan
Nov 11 2010 by Mel Booth, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
HUDDERSFIELD Town's plans for the proposed Canalside club training base have received approval from the Football League.
That’s because the new £5m complex at Syngenta on Leeds Road would house the club’s already highly-thought-of Academy.
Town’s Academy manager Graham Mitchell says Canalside would be “vital” for the continued development of the club’s youth set-up.
And Harry Wilson, who works as a junior monitor for the Football League, agrees.
“Acquiring a new, modern training complex is extremely important for the future of the Huddersfield Town Academy,” said Wilson.
“The development of Syngenta would be a great step forward in securing this and match the progress made over recent seasons by other Academies.”
Town’s plan to invest in the site and create a single-centre training base will be voted on by members of the current Rec Club – Syngenta Sports and Fitness Ltd – on November 29.
As part of the scheme funded by Town chairman Dean Hoyle, they have been promised improvement in their own facilities for wider community use and acceptance has been unanimously recommended by the Rec Club’s management committee.
Town’s age-group sides from eight years old up to 15 have used Syngenta for Sunday matches for many years. Mitchell – whose offices are at The Barn at Leeds Road Playing Fields – believes the new facilities would truly lift Town to Premier League standard, bearing in mind they compete in the FA Premier Academy League as a League I club.
“The facility would help us to attract young players to the club,” he explained.
“We have a lot of high-quality competition in our area from other Academies such as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool to name but three, and such a high-quality facility would be a big asset for our club.”
He added: “Our working relationship with the members and existing sections of the Rec Club is already first class and it would be wonderful to enhance that.
“The opportunity to develop a Premier League-standard training complex for our developing young players – side by side with the first team squad – is tremendous exciting, especially as it would run as part of a facility for the whole community.”