4 years ago
Norwich City have a brand-new Players’ Lounge at their Colney Training Centre, courtesy of design company Bluespace.
Launched in 2002, Bluespace has cultivated an outstanding reputation for design led fit-out and furnishing of commercial interiors.
Over the last 16 years, they have managed projects across retail, laboratories, schools, colleges, universities and offices – with their most recent seeing them work with the Canaries.
Undertaking a complete transformation of the former conservatory, the wholly revamped room now boasts contemporary furniture, flat-screen televisions and games consoles among its key features.
Bluespace Managing Director, Jonathon Simpkins, said: "We really wanted to move the room away from having a conservatory feel.
"Every project is different because every client is different and every brief is different. The spotlight was on because we’re a new supplier to the club.
"Expectations were high, so we had to make sure we delivered."
Bryony Southon, Interior Designer at Bluespace, said: "I started off by making plans and 3D visuals of the space to bring it to life.
"It was a project I really wanted to work so the players had a great area to chill out between sessions. It’s been really well received and we’ve had some great feedback."
The creation of the lounge is already having a positive effect on the City squad according to Head Coach Daniel Farke, who added: "It’s brilliant and Bluespace have done an extraordinary job.
"The lads now have a space to relax, and we’re really happy to have this opportunity. We want hard and professional work but you have to keep in mind they are human beings.
"There is a lot of load and it’s important to have a familiar space where they can calm down that feels like home."
One of the times when the room is set to be used most is between double training sessions, with the players encouraged to use the space to unwind.
Outlining the benefits, Head of Performance Chris Domogalla explained: "We’re very thankful for this extraordinary room.
"When the players work hard, they need a space to recover. I totally believe that work plus rest equals success.
"We take care of the physical training and the load but we also wanted them to have a space where they can relax mentally and physically. It will have a huge impact for the players from the mental side."