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Impressive new addition at Shirecliffe

24 July 2020

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United's players are set to kick-off 2021 with a sparkling, state-of-the-art first team training centre.

The board of directors has given the green light for the project, despite the current economic challenges facing the football industry. The two-storey building, which will be comprised of a gym, training area, physiotherapy, and hydrotherapy zones, as well as office facilities, highlights Prince Abdullah's commitment to a long-term strategy to build and strengthen the club, both on and off the field.

Chris Wilder has been an advocate of the new-build and is delighted that work is set to commence later this year.

The Blades boss commented: "This is will be a great addition to our armoury and will aid in giving the training ground a Premier League feel. We are delighted that the board have given supported this development and are hopeful that the additional elements that come with the new building will help us move to the next level."

United's chief executive officer, Stephen Bettis, added: "The principle aim of this development is to create a purpose-built, fully-equipped high-performance environment that is rooted in the long-standing identity and tradition of Sheffield United, Blades' supporters and the city of Sheffield. Central to the heart and soul of this project is the provision of an elite player experience that drives first team performance and health needs.

"The training centre will be a key factor in the next phase of the club's progressive ambition of becoming a permanent member of the Premier League. It will serve to ultimately sharpen our competitive edge."

The new training centre will be built on the current Shirecliffe site. The structure will sit between the two existing buildings, on the perimeter of the current first team training pitches.

To minimise disruption on site, the club has worked with Whittam Cox Architects and specialist modular contractor, Modulek, to develop a building off-site before being transitioned to site for construction.

Ashley Turner, chief executive officer at Whittam Cox Architects, commented: "We are delighted to be taking another project forward with our long-term client Sheffield United Football Club. The new first team building is a really exciting project for two reasons.

"Firstly it represents the club's progression and will for many years to come, provide first class facilities for the management, coaching and of course the playing staff. Secondly with "build off site", being a rapidly growing aspect of the construction industry, it shows a very current approach which will minimise the impact on the club's day-to-day operation, now that the conventional close season break has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic."


Planned features of United's first team training facility include:

  • Brand new elite bespoke changing facilities for first team players, including heat therapy and relaxation areas
  • Purpose built performance gym including heat/altitude training chambers
  • Enhanced medical and kit management facilities
  • Panoramic views of the training ground and facilities
  • Team meeting rooms
  • State-of-the-art restaurant and club lounge for players
  • Improved office space for all first team management and staff

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