Today’s and tomorrow’s Swansea football stars will soon be able to train at Premier League-standard facilities, following an agreement between the University and the Swans.
Under the deal, the University-owned Fairwood playing fields will be leased to the Swans to transform the site into a jointly-used modern training facility that will provide a base for competitive fixtures and training for University teams.
Teamwork to boost sporting success: Swans manager Michael Laudrup (left), pictured at the Liberty Stadium with Swansea University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies
The training ground will include:
• 8 full-size pitches, including 2 all-weather pitches
• Dedicated training pitch and changing facilities for the Swans squad,
• Additional buildings including further changing facilities, offices, seminar rooms and specialist medical and physiotherapy rooms
Swansea City Chairman Huw Jenkins said:
“We are delighted to join forces with Swansea University on this exciting project. Our aim as a football club has always been to develop a top-flight training facility, but also to develop a good working relationship with like-minded organisations and people. Swansea City and Swansea University will work together to enhance the sporting facilities at Fairwood that will form part of the fabric of the city for many years to come. This project is one we can all be proud of.’’
Swansea University Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Noel Thompson said:
“This deal represents a major addition to the sports facility offering of the University, providing our football teams with Premier League-standard pitches. I hope that today’s agreement will lead to other opportunities for co-operation between the University and the Swans; in particular in relation to the considerable expertise we have in sports science and sports medicine.”
University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard B Davies added:
“At Swansea University we are serious about sporting success. It is a particular delight and privilege to collaborate with a Football Club whose success has put Swansea on the global map.”
- Tuesday 24 July 2012 05.45 GMT
- Monday 23 July 2012 17.15 GMT
- Public Relations Office