Norwich City Under-18s Head Coach David Wright says the renovation of facilities of Colney are hugely important for his young players.
Work is ongoing at the Colney Training Centre following the £5 million Canaries Bond which has seen the installation of new pitches, a new irrigation system and cameras to help with match analysis.
Plenty more features, including a new gym, pitch-side stand and new Academy facilities, are set to be completed in the coming months and Wright says the changes are hugely important for the Academy going forward.
He said: “It’s a big thing for us. At Christmas last year the pitches sloped away, so they were very wet and we couldn’t get on them. We trained on the 3G pitch which is a great surface, but it isn’t grass.
“It will be great, because in terms of our gym, we have to work around the first team and Matt Gill’s Under-23s. It’s a lot of shuffling about, so when that goes up it will be great.”
The fact the Under-18s work in close proximity with the First-Team is extremely beneficial to the youngsters, according to Wright.
“We have got some excellent pros, Grant [Hanley] is great with them. From speaking to Max [Aarons], he speaks so highly of Grant, he’s been talking to him and trying to help him.
“Grant shows an interest as well, he asks about certain players and how they are getting on, so for them to be around seasoned pros like him, it’s brilliant for us.”
Max Aarons is one of a number of young players to have played a significant role in Daniel Farke’s First-Team this season.
Wright worked with Aarons last season and, when talking about the full-back, said: “It’s brilliant; when I came here a couple of years ago, he was part of the group and stood out straight away for me.
“Just in terms of his work ethic and his attitude of wanting to learn, it’s no surprise to me that he’s made the leaps that he has done.”
Wright’s Under-18s side have struggled results-wise so far this season, however he is much more interested in the performance of his team, rather than the results of his young side.
“The performance is important because we can accept defeat, but it’s how you get beat, you look at the Chelsea game when we lost 5-1, the performance was really good, I remember turning around on the bench and said, how are we getting beat here.
“There’s a way to lose and as long as the performance level is good and the boys are still achieving and taking a step toward.”