Tuesday 17 September 2013
Swansea City's new Landore Training Academy was officially opened yesterday by Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore.
The complex, which cost just over £6million, is the club's first purpose-built training ground in their 101-year history and features an all-weather pitch and a modern facility housing changing rooms, offices, function rooms, treatment rooms and a café.
"To reinvest some of that money in new facilities leaves a huge legacy for the future of the club"
The academy is at present the base for Michael Laudrup’s first-team squad, but once a new complex at Fairwood that Swansea are building for the first team and Under-21s is complete Landore will be dedicated to developing and improving the Youth Academy.
"Everything about this facility is excellent," Scudamore said. "The building is one thing but the most important thing is out on the pitches where the players can train and be coached on. It’s first-class.
"A Premier League club now gets around £62m for being in the league this season but the directives of the clubs have to be complimented. Everyone wants a local gem - a local boy who was born and raised a few miles from their club. And that’s why a facility like this is so important. To reinvest some of that money in new facilities leaves a huge legacy for the future of the club."
Scudamore also gave Swansea praise for the way in which they have reached the Barclays Premier League.
"It's a very well-run club," he said. "It has been well run for a number of years and it has got them into the Premier League.
"They have done sensible things and have a football philosophy that runs throughout the club. It has got the degree of supporter ownership, which maintains the community feel at the club. This development facility is the last piece in the jigsaw."
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins also attended the event, along with first-team manager Michael Laudrup, Ged Roddy, Director of Youth at the Premier League and directors of the club. Jenkins called the new facility "a massive step forward" for the club.
"It's a step made possible by our rise from the foot of the Football League to the grand heights of the Barclays Premier League - the best and most lucrative league in the world," he said. "It has certainly helped us develop as a club on and off the field and this facility is testament to that.
"With the help of facilities like this, we can take Swansea to the next level"
"But it is not just for the benefit of the first-team squad, because the future of our Youth Academy is probably just as important - if not more so - for the long-term future of the club. That's why we are also pushing on with another new training complex at Fairwood, which will eventually house our first tand Under-21 squads.
"That will allow the current building and pitches at Landore to be totally dedicated to developing and improving our Youth Academy even further at all ages. With the help of training facilities like this, we can take Swansea City and youth football in general to the next level. There are only exciting times ahead."