AFC Bournemouth have put all major construction packages out to tender for its new multi-million pound training complex. This comes after the revised plans for the development were approved by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, subject to Secretary of State referral.
The £20 million project will see the former Canford Magna Golf Club site transformed into a state-of-the-art facility which will bring the club’s first team, development squad, academy and pre-academy training operations and facilities into one location.
The centre will offer first-class facilities, including ten full-size pitches, three junior pitches, an indoor artificial playing surface, an outdoor artificial playing surface, state-of-the-art medical, fitness, sports science and rehabilitation facilities, administrative space and a press conference theatre.
The existing building structures on the site have been demolished, while land levelling of the former golf course is due to commence later this month.
AFC Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, said: “I am delighted that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council has approved our amended plans for the training complex at Canford Magna.
“This is a development which will be state-of-the-art in its design and facilities, while remaining sympathetic to the green belt land it is situated on.
“It is a hugely important scheme, as it will help continue the club’s progression at the highest level of football, which will in turn have a positive effect on the region as a whole.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the club, both on and off the pitch.”