Work to develop state-of-the-art Academy facilities at Colney Training Centre has entered the final few months, with players already benefitting from the first stages of the project.
Launched almost a year ago thanks to the backing of Canaries Bond Holders, the £5m project has so far seen the installation of new pitches, a new irrigation system, cameras to help with match analysis and a pitch-side stand used by fans to watch Academy games in action.
And now the new Academy building is taking shape, with the roof due to go on in the next fortnight. The building will be the base for all Academy activity with classrooms, physio rooms, changing rooms and an office for all coaches and staff. A purpose-built gym will also sit adjacent to it.
Zoe Ward, Norwich’s Business and Project Director, said: “The improvements that were made to the pitches have been fantastic and we cannot wait for the rest of Colney to reach the same standard.
“We still have a huge amount of work to get done in the short term, but with the great team of builders, architects, project managers and everyone involved giving it all they have got, we are looking forward to the sense of achievement and satisfaction when it is ready.
“We are massively grateful to our Canaries Bond Holders who have enabled all of this work to be possible.”
The majority of work is scheduled to be completed by the summer, and once the new building is finished staff will begin moving out of the portable buildings currently on site. They will then be removed to allow for landscaping work to be carried out.
Zoe added: “All staff and players have been hugely patient this season, and we hope they will be pleased when they return for pre-season in the summer. There will still be work taking place, but this will be largely landscaping and exterior work.”
The work supports Norwich City’s long-term strategy to produce more home-grown players, building a sustainable future for the Club while continuing to develop a First Team squad capable of being promoted to, and then remaining in, the Premier League.
As part of its work to develop the next generation of youth players, the Club runs a monthly lottery draw called the Academy Jackpot, with all proceeds going directly to supporting the Norwich City Academy.
The Jackpot gives supporters the chance to win £15,000 in a super draw twice a year, with monthly giveaways of £1,000, ten prizes of £100 and ten Norwich City replica shirts - all for just £12 a month.
To sign up to the Academy Jackpot, CLICK HERE.