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Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground

The Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground is the training ground and academy base of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. It is located in the Compton area of Wolverhampton.

Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground
Location Compton, Wolverhampton
Coordinates 52°35′33″N 02°9′47″W / 52.59250°N 2.16306°W / 52.59250; -2.16306Coordinates: 52°35′33″N 02°9′47″W / 52.59250°N 2.16306°W / 52.59250; -2.16306
Owner Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
Type Sports facility
Construction
Opened 2005
Construction cost £4.6 million

The modern two-storey building stands approximately one mile to the west of the club's home stadium Molineux, and features five high-quality under-soil heated training pitches, eleven changing rooms, a fully equipped gymnasium, and a hydrotherapy pool – one of only a handful of English clubs to own such equipment.[1] The training ground's medical and physiotherapy facilities made it the first British sports club to establish a fully accredited professional sports laboratory, based on AC Milan's Milanello model.[2]

The development opened in November 2005 at a cost £4.6 million and is named in honour of the club's Life President and former owner Sir Jack Hayward. It became the club's first owned training facility since they were forced to sell their training ground in the Castlecroft area of the city in the late 1980s due to financial difficulties. The plan was initiated by then-manager Graham Taylor in the mid-1990s but construction was not begun for some years.[3]

In July 2011, plans were announced for a redevelopment of the Compton Park area where the training ground is currently located that will enable Wolves to build a new indoor pitch and improve facilities to create a 'Category 1' Premier League football academy. The £50 million project involves the football club, the University of Wolverhampton, St Edmund's Catholic Academy, the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and Redrow, the construction company founded by former Wolves owner Steve Morgan.[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New training ground unveiled". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 9 November 2005. 
  2. ^ "The Appliance of Sports Science". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Training Ground Unveiled". London Wolves. 9 November 2005. 
  4. ^ "City boost with £50 million Compton Park investment". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 11 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Compton Park". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 11 July 2011. 

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