At the end of 2020, Leicester City unveiled their brand new £95 million training ground in Seagrave, described by the club as the best training facility in Europe.
The new home of the men's first team and academy, the 180-acre site started construction in spring 2019 and was trained on for the first time on Christmas Eve.
The training facility features:
14 full-sized pitches (21 playing surfaces in total)
499-seater floodlit show pitch
The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Building – the training, medical and administrative hub for the first team and Academy
‘Elite-standard’ sports science and medical facilities
Gym and hydrotherapy facilities
The King Power Centre, housing an indoor pitch and media centre
Sports Turf Academy for the education and development of ‘industry-leading grounds staff’
Private nine-hole golf course
Leicester City's previous training ground, Belvoir Drive, will still remain in operation as the home of the Leicester City Women's team, who were professionalised by the club last summer.
“The club has taken some enormous strides forward in the last 10 years. In terms of our long-term future, this is perhaps the biggest," said Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha.
"A new training ground has been a dream many years in the making, so it is with great pride that we have been able to deliver this. Seagrave will be a pivotal part of the club’s operation for generations to come. Of all the investments we have made in the club, this has been our most significant. It is an investment in our players of today and our players of tomorrow, putting some of the very best facilities in the world at the heart of their everyday environment.
“It elevates the club’s offering to its players and staff to an entirely new level and is a key component in making our progress of recent years sustainable.
“Belvoir Drive has served the club wonderfully and been a spiritual home for Leicester City teams through several generations. For it to become the home of LCFC Women is a fine legacy for an historic location.
“The investments we have made in the last 10 years have made it an outstanding, professional training ground from which their considerable development can continue.”
The main areas of the training ground include, the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Building, the primary hub of the facility named after the clubs late chairman, who helped guide the club to promotion and their remarkable Premier League title winning season. The building includes offices, accommodation, restaurant and first-team recreation facilities.
The King Power centre houses an air-conditioned, artificial pitch and media centre, with a pass conference room, broadcast facilities and hospitality space.
Match pitch 1 is a 499-seater pitch, which will be used for selected FA Youth Cup matches, Premier League 2 and Women's matches. The pitch also features a changing room and broadcast compound.
The Sports Turf Academy is a 'first-of-its-kind' facility for the education and development of elite grounds staff and grounds services. The academy will not only train future ground professionals but allow for research and development on on turf management. Leicester City, particularly during their title winning season, astonished the footballing world with their impressive football pitches.
The stunning new training ground from Leicester City is hoped will not only develop the current talent that has so far seen the side challenge for a place in next seasons Champions League but attract players to its first-team and academy, to see the side become a long-term threat in the Premier League.
Author: Jake Wilkin