Exeter City FC has submitted a planning application to redevelop dated and run-down buildings at the Cliff Hill Training Ground.
The plans are to demolish the timber-framed ‘pavilion’ building, a structure inherited from the University of Exeter and which, when it was built in 1974, was intended to be temporary. It will be replaced with a modern building, designed to meet the needs of those who use it.
As well as providing facilities for training, the facilities are also home to the Academy, the girls’ development centre and other community activities organised by City Community Trust, the club’s partner charity.
Julian Tagg, president and director of external affairs, at Exeter City FC, said: ‘We have continued to patch up and repair a building which is almost 50 years old and was always meant to be temporary. As a supporter-owned club we have to be cautious and careful about where and how we invest in our club, but the time has come to improve the building, making it a much more pleasant and productive facility for everyone who works there.’
The works would bring greatly improved facilities, with a larger gymnasium and physiotherapy treatment rooms, as well dining areas, classrooms and offices.