Aston Villa’s new state-of-the-art high performance centre at their Bodymoor Heath training ground is now open.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, was on hand to cut the ribbon on the new complex, which has cost around £6 million.
The centre joins onto the already existing training ground and will be used by the men’s first team as well as the women’s and academy teams based at Bodymoor Heath.
It has been described by CEO Christian Purslow as ‘one of the finest in UK Sport’.
“Creating a high-performance culture needs the right facilities,” he said.
“The mission of the Aston Villa board since the summer of 2018 has been to bring our performance, strength, conditioning, rehabilitation and sports therapy functions up to 21st-century standards. We have created a new high performance centre; an environment suited to 21st-century elite sports.”
And the news of the opening has gone down well with Villa fans, who are clearly impressed by the new facilities and the investment that has been shown to produce them.
Here is just some of the reaction from social media.
Aaron Bourne : This club is really moving in the right direction! Love what the owners are doing for this club! #AVFC
Graeme Nethercott : The last 10 years + has been pretty dire for Villa but it’s great to see all the positive work going on behind the scenes, setting bigger and better foundations for an even more bright future. #avfc
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Michael O’Donnell : The owners are literally taking the club to the next level. #UTV
Reuben : Players from abroad and even players in our own league will see this as a HUGE pull factor to join us in the future!
This is a revolution going on at our club. Good times are ahead
E s p e n : Not a lot of football clubs in the world can compete with this amazing facility!
To be the best, you have to act like it!!
Brick by brick we are falling into place!
#UTV #vtid #avfc
Lisa Manning : Honestly got a lump in my throat watching this . I’ve been a Villa fan since my first match in 1974 and to have owners who finally get the club and it’s history is incredible , so so proud of my team #AVFC
Mark Delaney : Outstanding. Yet again NSWE showing their commitment to moving #avfc forward as they said they would. What a facility
Scott : This is fantastic. Such a good feeling to watch the club I love moving in the right direction