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Posted Wednesday, September 12th 2018

Training Ground planning permission approved

Bristol City today (Wednesday, September 12th) welcomed the approval of its planning application for new training facilities at its Failand base. 

North Somerset Council Planning Committee voted to approve City to proceed with the state-of-the-art site that will bring together the club’s first team and Academy players and staff, further enhancing the club’s player pathway programme.

Included in the new-look facility is a floodlit showpitch, 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 closely 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.

City chief executive officer Mark Ashton told bcfc.co.uk: “We are extremely grateful to North Somerset District Council for giving this project the closest consideration and supporting the club’s ambition.

“This site has been the training ground for the football club for over 10 years. This will bring our facilities into the 21st century and provide the football club’s Academy and first team with an elite performance environment."

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

The next phase of our development

Ashton added: “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.”

A 500-seater floodlit venue at Failand
Pitchside view