Stoke City Football Club, Clayton Wood, Rosetree Avenue, Trent Vale, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 6NB
CLAYTON WOOD provides Stoke City’s first-team and development squads with one of the finest training environments in the Premier League.
Since purchasing the complex in 2009, almost £13million has already been invested in it as the Club sought to deliver a number of new and upgraded facilities.
The Potters are constantly looking at ways to provide players and staff, both at first team level and in the Academy, with the best possible environment in which to work.
The most recent redevelopment work, ahead of the 2016/17 season, saw the £3.6million installation of two state-of-the-art hybrid grass pitches, both of which boast undersoil heating thus allowing them to be used even in the harshest of winter weather conditions.
Few areas of any training ground are more important than the treatment room where players receive vital medical attention and an extension was built to enable the Club's highly-regarded medical team to work more comfortably and efficiently.
Player recovery is increasingly important and to improve the Club's capability in this field, specialist hot and cold pools, along with a sauna, were installed, while the gym's footprint was extended with the installation of a mezzanine floor for cardiovascular equipment.
The project also included the creation a new ground maintenance workshop to improve the facilities available to ground staff, whilst the complex itself received a brand new gate house to enhance security. A new TV gantry was also erected so training sessions, Academy matches and behind-closed-doors fixtures can be filmed.
The Club's Academy is based at Clayton Wood and is also benefiting from a significant amount of other work undertaken to maximise use of the site.
The first phase was completed at a cost of £4.5million for the start of the 2010/11 season with the two-storey, 1,800sq metre building featuring nine changing rooms, a gymnasium, hydrotherapy suite, medical facilities, dining area and administrative offices.
More recently, five new Academy pitches have been created on land adjacent to the exisiting site purchased in 2015 at a cost of £70,000.
Exit the M6 at Junction 15 and take the second exit (straight on) at the roundabout onto the A500. Exit the A500 at the first slip road and take the first exit (left) at the roundabout onto the A34. Take the first left onto Riverside Road and then the first left into Rosetree Avenue.
Travel past the bet365 Stadium on the A50 until the final roundabout. Take the first exit (left) and then keep in the right lane, moving onto the A500. Exit the A500 at the first slip road and take the third exit (right) at the roundabout onto the A34. Take the first left onto Riverside Road and then the first left into Rosetree Avenue.
Stoke-on-Trent station is situated on the West Coast Mainline and provides easy access from Manchester, Birmingham, Crewe, Derby and London. Clayton Wood is a five minute taxi ride from the station.