A MULTI-million pound development intended to give Huddersfield Town its own top-notch training facilities is progressing fast.
Canalside Sports Complex was formed in January 2011 after Town took over the running of the Leeds Road facility formerly known as Syngenta Sports.
It’s the first time the club has owned its own state-of-the-art complex – and they also hope it will become a hub for community events.
Previously, for training purposes, players used facilities at Storthes Hall and elsewhere.
The idea ultimately is for chairman Dean Hoyle to leave a legacy which will create long-term foundations for the club.
The five-hectare site is a veritable hubbub of activity with work underway on the new full-sized 3G pitch, being built behind the classroom building. It will be comparable to the facility at England’s new National Football Centre at St George’s Park, Burton.
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Town’s chief executive Nigel Clibbens and head of football operations Ross Wilson, visited Burton last week to view their pitch.
Due to be completed in late April to early May, the new pitch will be floodlit and used by Academy age groups, but also available for hire by the public.
In addition, three full-size pitches on the complex are growing, having have had new drainage installed, been levelled and will hopefully be ready for next pre-season.
A club spokesman said: “In terms of the improvements we’ve made, with help from our partners, One 17 Design and Radcliffe Construction, we have refurbished the two main function rooms.
“The furniture in the new rooms was provided by another club partner, Andy Thornton of Elland.