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Adam Baker

Adam Baker writes

Posted Monday, December 11th 2017

Statement: Training Ground planning permission submitted

Bristol City Football Club can confirm it has submitted formal planning permission for new training facilities at its Failand base.

Crucially the state-of-the-art site will bring together the club’s first team and Academy players and staff, further enhancing City’s player pathway programme.

Included in the new-look facility is a 500-seat floodlit show pitch, capable of hosting the club’s Under-23 matches, along with two other new full-size pitches and two more training areas.

The club has worked with the architects and project team to design a building that complements the surroundings, encompassing a gymnasium, changing rooms, medical and rehabilitation facilities and office space for the first team and Academy staff.

An aerial view of how Failand could look from the planning submission


“This will bring our training facilities into the 21st century and will provide the football club’s Academy and first team with an elite performance environment,” City chief executive officer Mark Ashton told

“We’ve been working on the training ground project for the past two years and, next to the redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium, it’s the next phase of the club’s development and will transform the training environment for players and staff throughout the club. 

“Our player development programme underpins our ethos at Bristol City Football Club, therefore providing a permanent home for our first team and Academy setup is another demonstration of the Lansdown family’s commitment to the club and its young players.”

Ashton added: “We have worked in consultation with key stakeholders throughout the project, and will continue to work through the formal planning process and ensure supporters are kept fully up to date with its progress every step of the way.”

A 500-seater floodlit venue at Failand
Pitchside view