0 New drone footage shows latest stage of Leicester City's new £100m training ground development

Builders have been making good progress this winter on Leicester City's project to create one of Europe's best training grounds.

Contractors are busy transforming the former 185 acre Park Hill golf course, off the A46 near Seagrave, into a sprawling complex where Foxes players will hone their skills.

The drone footage above demonstrates how far the £100 million project has come since October when Leicestershire from the Skies drone pilots last flew over.

The two minute clip shows the structure of the 500 seat indoor training pitch, at the heart of the development, now has much of its roof in place as well as the progress with nearby buildings that will include player accommodation. However, while much of the site has been cleared in preparation for the laying of a dozen other training pitches, there is still considerable work to be done.

The club's move from its Belvoir Drive training ground in Aylestone to its new base eight miles north of the city is a key statement of intent by the Thai owners to establish the club as one of the continent's top outfits.

What is being developed

  • A covered show pitch with 499 seats, spectator toilets and an elevated camera platform
  • 12 full size football pitches
  • Six part-size size grass pitches
  • Two goalkeeper areas
  • One attacking area
  • Five warm-up and technical training areas
  • A sports hall
  • A training centre to be used by the first team and academy with hydrotherapy, medical, rehabilitation and dining facilities.
  • It will also have education facilities, offices, 30 bedrooms for the players and management.
  • Stores and its own power plant
  • 421 parking spaces with eight coach parking bays with disabled and electric car parking spaces.
  • The UK's first sports turf academy to train groundsmen

Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan said previously: "The new training ground will elevate the club and our training facilities to another level for generations to come, so it's fantastic to have our contractors from McLaren on-site, commencing work and turning our vision into reality."

"Such a big investment is both a fantastic opportunity and a big responsibility for everyone involved in the project. We're delighted to be shaping a big part of the club's future together and determined to make it something the region can be exceptionally proud of."

The club has not yet said what it plans to with with its existing Belvoir Drive training ground when the new complex is ready.

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