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Wanderers given the green light for Community and Academy facility

25 November 2016

Confirmation of planning permission having been received for a new structure at the club's Lostock base

Bolton Wanderers are delighted to confirm that the Club has received planning permission for a domed community facility at the Whites’ Lostock base.

The new build will offer up the opportunity for use by players of all age groups and abilities across the borough to train and play at the Club’s state of the art facilities. 

The dome itself will also play its part in helping the Club’s Academy maintain their Category 2 status and it is hoped that it will be completed by March 2017.

Speaking regarding the news, Chairman Ken Anderson said, “We are thrilled that the planning permission has been approved for this venture.

“The facilities we have up at Lostock are crucial to the development of the Club’s up and coming players and with the introduction of the dome, it will only enhance their opportunities in the years to come.

“It is also important, given our position as a community-orientated club, that we offer up opportunities to strengthen the relationship between the club, town and Community Trust by developing the existing facilities to enhance the venue for their own usage on the community pitch.”

Academy Director Jimmy Phillips reiterated the Chairman’s thoughts, adding, “We are proud of the facilities that we have at Lostock, but the news of planning permission being obtained for a new development such as this is very pleasing.

“We have had a number of home-grown players come up through the ranks in recent years to make their mark at first team level and they have spent the majority of, if not all, of their formative years in the Academy.

“The introduction of the dome will be a huge boost for all involved at the Club meanwhile and we look forward to being able to utilise it in partnership with the Community Trust and in turn, enhance the Gifted and Talented initiative that we have started with them this season.

"It will also enable us to hone the talents of young local players who could very well feature in the first team squad in the years to come.”

Phil Mason, Head of the Community Trust also added, “We are delighted with this news. This will provide the opportunity for our programmes to be extended in the winter months and assist in the development of our charitable aims of narrowing the gap of disadvantage, raising aspirations and getting our community more active.”

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