Swindon Town Football Club are considering developing a new state-of-the-art training centre facility at the former Twelve Oaks Golf Club at Highworth which would also provide the Club with a new headquarters base. The site has been secured initially by Chairman, Lee Power, and will be vested in the Nigel Eady Trust who are partnering the Club in the project.
The new facilities will include gymnasium, treatment rooms and lecture/training rooms for the first team squad and academy players, with grass training pitches and a floodlit 4G artificial surface pitch. The new centre will also provide offices for the running of the Club in line with other professional football clubs.
DPDS Consulting Group have been appointed to manage the project on behalf of Swindon Town Football Club. DPDS are based in Old Town, Swindon and have managed property related projects for STFC since the mid 1980’s.
The Club are also being advised by Fraser Digby, working in conjunction with DPDS. Fraser was first team goalkeeper for STFC between 1986-1998 and played for the Club in the Premier League in 1993-94 before eventually moving on to play for Crystal Palace (1998-2001) and Queens Park Rangers (2001-2003).
Swindon Town Chairman, Lee Power, commented: “Nigel Eady left a significant sum of money in his will to be invested for the benefit of STFC and the community. We are therefore delighted that this could be used to develop facilities that will be of huge benefit not only to the football club but also to the local community. The facilities to be created at Twelve Oaks will be a great asset to Highworth.”
Initial discussions have taken place with Highworth Town Council in respect of the project and the Club is hopeful that the local community will support the project. It is early days, but the Club is optimistic that the scheme could be developed over the next 24 months if sufficient support is secured.
Lee Power added “We are working closely with the Nigel Eady Trust and the local community. We will be developing our proposals in greater detail after further consultation with local people and clubs/organisations over the next few weeks. We want this new training centre and pitch facilities to be of benefit to the local clubs as well as STFC. This will be the first time that STFC have ever had their own state-of-the-art training centre.”
The new training centre will include up to 7 new grass pitches and an all-weather 4G floodlit pitch which will be the main element for community use. The training centre will be housed in a new building with the existing Twelve Oaks Clubhouse converted and refurbished to provide café/restaurant facilities. An improved access and car parking facilities will also be provided. The new site will also feature extensive re-contouring and landscaping.
Former STFC goalkeeper, Fraser Digby, commented “This is a fabulous opportunity for the Club; we have never had our own dedicated training centre and this will be a massive step forward, particularly for the academy and younger players.”
Further details of the design of the Training Centre and related elements will be made available in the near future following consultation with Highworth Town Council, the local community and key stakeholders.