Fleetwood Town have revealed plans for a massive new training and community sports complex in the heart of Wyre.
The club wants to build a number of new grass pitches, a state-of-the-art all weather training facility as well as changing rooms, classrooms, and other community facilities on land at Poolfoot Farm in Thornton.
Chief executive Steve Curwood said it was too soon to put a price tag on the ambitious project but the club had been anxious to allay fears within the community over the potential loss of pitches at the nearby Bourne Way playing fields.
NPL Estates owns both sites and has indicated the Bourne Way fields, home to Thornton Cleveleys Football Club, are earmarked for a potential homes development,
Mr Curwood said concerns from local residents had been key to the club coming forward with their proposals.
He said: “We want to put public fears to rest - with that in mind we have probably come forward with our plans a little bit earlier than we might have planned to.”
If built, the complex will allow the League Two club to re-locate their main training base to the borough of Wyre. Graham Alexander’s first team currently train at Fylde Rugby Club in Ansdell.
Mr Curwood said: “This is an extremely exciting project, and one we have been working on for more than a year now.
It will provide a number of brand new grass football pitches, both full size and ‘mini soccer’, in a maintained and secure complex, enabling all those at grassroots level the opportunity to enjoy much better facilities.
“The club’s progression has meant that we have become fragmented over the past few years, with our Community Trust operating from various locations, our first team training in Ansdell and our Youth Team being based at Blackpool Sixth Form College.
“We have been very keen to find the right location in Wyre to enable us to bring everything back together once again, and with the considerable help of NPL Estates this has now been made possible.”
Ian Honeybill, of NPL estates said “ We are delighted to be working alongside Fleetwood Town FC on this flagship development proposal. This project further demonstrates the commitment by NPL Estates towards the regeneration and improved community facilities within the locality and forms an integral part of the overall masterplan for the area.”
Full details of the proposals are expected to be revealed at the end of next month.
The club and NPL will hold a full public consultation on the proposals.