DUNGANNON off-site construction specialists the McAvoy group is showcasing the Football Association’s new facilities at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, England.
The company has unveiled the very latest in innovative off-site building techniques at the training ground in a bid to promote the ultra-modern facilities available to football clubs all over England
The McAvoy Group hopes this will lead to clubs embracing the off-site build concept as a economic and efficient way of providing facilities for their players.
The Northern Ireland off-site specialists have provided multi team changing facilities including referees and meetings room at the Staffordshire site thanks to a £100,000 grant from Sport England with the balance coming from The FA. The design and construction was in strict compliance with Sport England’s Design Guidance Notes.
The 330-acre site, which incorporates 12 football pitches including a replica of the pitch at Wembley and a Hilton Hotel complex with 228 rooms. The site is used by 24 England teams and a host of other professional and local community clubs.
The move, which is backed by Sport England, will provide the McAvoy Group with a platform to demonstrate the innovative nature of its off-site buildings.
Peter Browne, of the McAvoy Group, said it is a real coup for McAvoy to be able to showcase the type of modern, comfortable facilities they can provide for other clubs.
The McAvoy Group won the contract with the Football Association as a result of being on Sport England’s framework for Innovative and Modular Building Solutions.
“The FA were looking for a company which could provide first class facilities, and subsequently came to us after attending one of our open days,” explained Mr Browne.
Mark Pover, The FA’s National Facilities and Investment Manager, said the FA are always looking at alternative and economic ways of provide facilities, particularly changing rooms.
“The cost of a traditionally built building can be very expensive and when we carried out a survey, 84 per cent of the football grass roots community told us that facilities, especially changing rooms, were important to them so we need to try and make sure we deliver the best facility we can with the limited budget we have available. The unit provides a cost effective option for clubs to consider and I think they will be surprised at both the quality and the price,” he added.