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Dome Project

It has been well documented that the BWDA agreed to spend £360,000 for the new indoor facility (Dome) at the Lostock Training Ground. Yes that’s the supporters and people of Bolton who participate in our four lotteries that have made this happen so a BIG thank you to you all.

This has been a massive project, see below for further details and photos:


The trucks arrive all the way from Holland via the Rotterdam to Hull ferry. The blower units and the dome fabric supplied by Poly Nederlands BV are unloaded at the Lostock site.

The generator which will supply the energy to the blower arrives and is positioned in place ready for the erection of the dome.

The first piece of the jigsaw goes in. That’s the first fire door in place! In the distance you can see the dome in two heaps waiting to be unravelled. A second fire door is in place to the right of the dome parcels in the far background. The main airlock door is fixed into position later that day.

Under supervision, and with the help and expertise of staff from Poly Nederlands, the dome is being unrolled by a number of BWFC staff including lads from the ground staff, community trust staff and academy staff (including ex-player Julian Darby). That’s teamwork!

The dome is in two sections, both sections are laid flat then the team from Amsterdam fuse the two sections together.

The dome fabric then has to be stretched to cover the full size pitch and all creases are to be removed. To do this the fabric had to be lifted to allow air to flow beneath and then pulled into place. This action had to be done several l times until it was fully stretched and wrinkle free – wow that was hard work!


The steelwork is taken off the pallet and uncoiled. It is then laid on top of the dome fabric in a snake like position.

The steelwork is undone and stretched to be hooked onto the anchor points fitted all around the pitch.

With the diesel tank in place to feed the generator which in turn provides the energy for the blower unit, all is ready to start to inflate the dome.



Here we go …                              Nearly there…


And it’s up!

The view inside the fully erected and fully lit dome.

Jimmy Phillips (Academy Manager) takes the very first kick of a ball inside the dome watched by Gavin McCann, Nicky Spooner and the Academy U18s.

The Wanderers first team using the dome for their training session.

The U18 team using the dome for their training session.


The Academy retained its Category 2 status as a result of the installation of the dome. It is now in regular use by the Academy, First Team, Community Trust, and the Ladies Team and is proving to be a great asset to the Club.


Thanks again to everyone involved with our lotteries!