Everything is on site at Grange Park, home of the Long Eaton United FC Academy. All the football element of the programme is at the fantastic training facilities at the ground whilst we can also use the Fit4Less gymnasium in Long Eaton for our weights development programme.
When it comes to the training element of the programme, the Academy has a wide array of choices to use. There is an 11v11 full size pitch which is maintained to the highest standard, and 4 other junior pitches that can be used for small sided games and training drills. The Academy also has to hand 2 x Astro Turf 5 a side courts where lots of technique and training drills can be carried out. All of our league games are played on the 1st Team pitch at Grange Park or the 11v11 training pitch. We also have the use of 4 full sized changing rooms at the ground with showers in each. We really are spoilt for choice in all football areas.
In the pipeline, there are plans for a Full Sized Astro Turf Training Pitch which will further enhance our football programme. All being well this will be in place for September 2018 and will be used for both Academy training and football matches.
The work that has been carried out over the last 6 years at the club shows that we are always looking to improve the already magnificent facility at Grange Park.
If I was a parent with a young footballing son, I wouldn't wish for anyone else than Paul to progress their knowledge both academically and football wise. His experience is so good because he has been down both routes. He got his A Levels and also played over 300 league and cup games professionally. The Academy will be a success - Dutch will make sure of it.
Sean Dyche - Current Burnley FC Manager and former team mate of Paul Holland