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Liverpool FC plans £50m training ground revamp

23 Feb 17 Liverpool Football Club and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council have launched a public consultation on their joint plans for a £50m redevelopment of the club’s youth training academy site in Kirkby.

Aerial view of proposed development from community playing fields across the LFC Academy site
Aerial view of proposed development from community playing fields across the LFC Academy site

Liverpool FC wants to bring its first team and academy training operations and facilities together on one site. The £50m proposal includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the academy and converting the main pitch into an indoor pitch. LFC would need to buy some neighbouring land.

As part of the proposed masterplan, the council would provide football pitches and sports facilities to the local area, including for Kirkby AFC.

As part of the wider plans, the football club is also proposing a redevelopment of its existing first-team training ground at Melwood. This proposed development could provide around 160 family homes in West Derby.

Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at Liverpool FC, said: “We recognise that Melwood has played a significant role in the club’s success and forms an important part of our history. However, the Melwood site is limited in space and is unable to accommodate our longer-term ambitions, which is why we are exploring options on the academy site.”

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