A new gym has been installed at Lostock using funds raised by the lottery schemes from sales of Lifeline, Goldline, Golden Gamble and Instant Win Scratch tickets.
The previous gym, also funded by lottery cash at a cost of £100,000, had been built specifically for academy players as the first team trained at Euxton Training Ground. However, due to the sale of the Euxton facility the first team moved in to Lostock last summer and six foot-plus players like Mark Beevers, Sammy Ameobi and David Wheater were forced to kneel down and improvise their training routines due to the low ceilings in the gym designed for children and young adults.
The football club had been keen to improve facilities after promotion into the Championship, and approached the BWDA who were keen to help and the Wanderers boss, Phil Parkinson would like to thank the supporters who continue to pay into the lottery schemes each week and enable such fantastic projects to go ahead.
“The gym was crucial. It was originally built for the academy but with more people here at the training ground we needed more space and the newly built and custom designed gym has been done to a fantastic standard and looks really great.
It’s important for strength and conditioning of the players that they can access the right equipment and do the right training”
Some of the hi-tech equipment which was salvaged from the former training ground has now been installed in the new gym.
There was loads of equipment from Euxton that couldn’t be used at Lostock and has been kept in storage but the new purpose-built gym, with speciality flooring, has meant that the weights could be put down without any problems or extra protection to the floor.
Our aim is to hopefully continue to make improvements at Lostock year on year with the help of the BWDA.