Client

Sunderland AFC

Service

Overview

Considered amongst the best football training facilities in Europe, The Academy of Light is situated just north of Sunderland and is home to all the club’s teams, from the youngest age groups through to the under 18, under 21 and senior squads, as well as the Sunderland Ladies team.

The club has been awarded prestigious Category One status under the new EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) rules – the highest level possible. The Academy of Light provides young players the best chance to develop on the pitch as well as socially and academically in a challenging, safe and supportive environment.

Tolent constructed the state of the art facility to ensure optimum levels of fitness, performance and comfort to Sunderland Football Club, as well as to help them attract premier quality players.

The facilities included a hydrotherapy pool, wet and dry training facilities, the latest medical, leisure and recreation suites, as well as 13nr outdoor training pitches with space to accommodate for a future a full size indoor pitch.

The design requirements were very specific and bespoke to the client, having been extensively researched and benchmarked by the club’s board against then best in the UK and Europe.

The site is situated in the middle of the Great North Forest, surrounded by over 250,000 newly planted trees, a sensitive and well mannered architectural response was necessary to reduce the facility’s visual impact on the surrounding area.

The resulting complex, is set in a picturesque location with a new natural wetland now home to migrating waterfowl, which provides a training base and learning environment for youth teams from six years old, through to the clubs junior and elite squads, and continues to receive praise from the Football League Trust and the Football Foundation.

Considered amongst the best football training facilities in Europe, The Academy of Light is situated just north of Sunderland and is home to all the club’s teams.

 

The club has been awarded prestigious Category One status under the new EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) rules – the highest level possible.

Location

Sunderland

Value

£7.9m

Completion

2003

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