WORK TO expand Stoke City’s state-of-the-art facilities at the Clayton Wood Training Ground is nearing completion.
The Club are investing £6million to carry out further developments to the training complex in line with them acquiring Category One status within the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) being implemented in the English game.
Additional changing rooms, office accommodation, a classroom, parents lounge, spectator facilities and a two-lane sprint track are being added to the already impressive facility which is also the base for the Club’s first team squad.
The work, which is being undertaken by local company Novus who have a long-standing association with the Potters, will be completed before the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
Richard Smith, the Managing Director of Stoke City Property Ltd., said: "Everything we are doing is to meet the requirements to achieve Category One status under EPPP and there are two sections to the current £1.7million extension of the facilities at Clayton Wood.
“Section One is the construction of first floor office accommodation which the Academy staff will move into when they return to the Club on July 1st. It’s a tight deadline, but we’ll get there.
“The second section is work on the ground floor. The construction of changing rooms, treatment rooms, kit store and new entrance area, as well as the external areas, including the new pathways, spectator stands, sprint track and works to improve the overspill car park, is on course to be finished on schedule on July 30th.
“Planning permission remains in place for the next phase of our development plan to meet the EPPP requirements and will comprise an indoor pitch together with four five-a-side synthetic pitches.”