Plymouth Argyle deal on training facility


Plymouth Argyle new training facility Image: Plymouth Argyle

The League One team Plymouth Argyle F.C. (UK) has confirmed that an agreement in principle has been reached to acquire land from the current owners of The Parkway Sports Club in Plymouth, England, to develop and build a brand-new training facility for its players.

‘Plymouth Argyle FC’ stated that for some time, the club has been seeking a suitable area of land within the City of Plymouth to enhance its infrastructure, and earlier this year the club was approached by the directors of the facility with a view to selling the land to Plymouth Argyle.

The Plymouth Argyle Football Club is a professional football club based in the City of Plymouth, Devon, England (UK). As of the 2021-2022 seasons, the team are competing in League One, the third tier of English football. They have played at Home Park, known as the ‘Theatre of Greens’, since 1901.

The 16,388-capacity Home Park is a football stadium in Plymouth, England (UK). The ground has been the home of Football League One club Plymouth Argyle since 1901. After undergoing considerable development in the 1920s and 1930s, the ground suffered heavy damage during World War II.

‘Plymouth Argyle FC’ further stated that the club has a very clear, long-term strategic vision to become sustainable Championship football club. To achieve this objective, it needs to ensure that its entire people have the very best facilities available to them – both to train their existing players and to attract the quality of new players they desire.

While the project is very much in its infancy, the principle of rejuvenating this piece of land to provide high quality facilities to its players is an exciting development for everyone involved at Plymouth Argyle.

Whilst there will be no immediate change for any of the site’s users, it is anticipated that at the end of the 2022-2023 seasons the clubs and groups that currently use The Parkway Sports Club, which is based in Ernesettle, will need to relocate in preparation for works to begin.

As a club in the heart of its community, the team is keen to support anyone affected during this transition, and, where they can, support groups in finding the alternative facilities that they require.

Maintained Argyle Chief Executive, Andrew Parkinson, “Finding a site within Plymouth has been a difficult challenge for the club, so we were delighted when we were approached by the current owners of the land earlier this year. Realizing our long-term vision for Argyle is about building the foundations for future success. I am hugely excited by this development.”

Put in Argyle Director of Football Neil Dewsnip, “Having the best training facilities for our players is vital if we want to become the best Plymouth Argyle we can be. We have made huge improvements across the club – in a number of areas – over the past couple of years, and a training facility to match our ambition is the next step to take. We have invested in increased coaching across all ages, including the first team, and now we are putting plans in place to support this with physical infrastructure. It is a tremendously encouraging development.”

The deal is subject to being granted satisfactory planning permission, which will begin in due course.

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