Warrington Wolves have announced the beginning of a new construction project at the club, with the building of a new indoor training facility being confirmed.
Work is set to begin on the facility, which is located at the Chester University, Warrington Padgate campus.
Costing half a million pounds, the project includes a 3g pitch, and will complement the other facilities already in place at the site, which include a gym, coaching and physio rooms, running track and training field.
Work should be finished by mid-January, and the site is intended primarily for use by the Wolves.
Wolves head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith is delighted that bad weather will no longer hinder his team’s preparations.
“In the past, when the bad weather hits and the pitches are unsuitable, we’ve had to search for an alternative,” he said.
“To now have this on our own site is fantastic. It will not only serve the first team and enhance our preparations but the academy will have full use of the facility to aid player development.
“There will also be times when the university and community will have access, so the benefits are far reaching. Simon Moran and the board need to be commended for making this happen.”
Andy Gatcliffe, Warrington’s chief executive, added: “The building of this indoor facility once again reinforces the strong partnership the club has with the University of Chester.
“It complements the other facilities already on site and will provide our players and coaches with an all-year-round training provision for when the weather is against us.
“We are a forward-thinking club and strongly believe that putting the right foundations in place will see us reap the rewards on and off the pitch.
“Our thanks must go to the university and to JLJ Group for their help in delivering this project in time for the new season.”