A DECISION will be made next week whether Huddersfield Town can make a vital upgrade to training facilities.
The club has asked Kirklees Council for planning permission to improve the Canalside Sports Complex on Leeds Road.
The proposed upgrade includes laying a third generation (3G) training pitch. The artificial surface looks like grass but gives a firmer grip, allowing for better ball control and reducing the chances of injury.
Agent Duncan Gordon, of Box Architects, explained that the upgrade had to be carried out if Town’s youth system was to keep its coveted academy status.
In a statement to Kirklees Council he said: “The Football Association is implementing new legislation in August 2012 with more stringent requirements that will need to be met by clubs if they are to maintain their academy status.
“The main requirements concerning the client are the need for a 3G pitch, and dedicated classroom teaching facilities.
“Huddersfield Town are one of only a few clubs that have attained the status as an academy and must submit this application with an aim to retain their academy status.”
The proposed changes at the five-hectare site include:
Formation of a 3G football pitch
Construction of groundsman’s building, including a large vehicle turning circle and hard-standing area