Northamptonshire FA announce plans for new football development centre

Northamptonshire FA to relocate to brand-new, purpose-built football facility on Newton Road in Higham Ferrers

Northamptonshire County Football Association is delighted to announce that it has applied to East Northamptonshire Council for planning permission to build a brand-new, purpose-built Football Development Centre on Newton Road in Higham Ferrers.

Developing a purpose-built facility will enable Northamptonshire FA to operate within a headquarters which not only meets the needs of the County FA but also the local football community, by offering access to facilities such as changing rooms, natural grass pitches and an artificial, third generation (3G) surface.

Through the Newton Road development, Northamptonshire FA aims to provide an increased football provision to the county of Northamptonshire by hosting training programmes, providing playing pitches for local teams to play matches and offering access to a high-quality training facility.

The site on Newton Road, NN10 8HN, will also act as the new headquarters for Northamptonshire FA, with offices, function rooms and car parking provision all part of the planned developments.

The new facilities will include:

- One main stadium with an artificial grass pitch, to eventually be at Step 4 standard

- Two natural grass pitches at Step 7 standard

- Four changing rooms (with the ability to increase to six in the future if required), officials changing, storage and toilets

The office space will compromise:

- Open-plan office (for 18-20 persons)

- Meeting and training rooms

- Function room (with a small bar and kitchen/preparation area) with flexibility to accommodate committee/education or meeting spaces

- Reception area

- Toilets

The project will be funded by Northamptonshire FA, The Football Association, The Football Foundation, Sports England, East Northamptonshire District Council and the Duchy of Lancaster.

Bob Cotter, Northamptonshire FA Chairman, said: “The Association is delighted to make a formal announcement of its plans to build a £2 million Football Development Centre in Northamptonshire. This will be the focus of our work in the county and the location has been chosen to make the Centre conveniently available for all of our participants, from Daventry and Brackley in the west to Corby and Peterborough in the north east.

“The central towns of Northampton, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden will all be able to reach the Centre within 30 minutes and many local teams will have access to play and train on the high-quality facilities. We would like to thank the Duchy of a Lancaster, East Northamptonshire Council, The FA, The Football Foundation and our developers, LK2 - all of whom are helping to make these exciting plans possible.”

Jon Sellick of the Duchy of Lancaster, added: “The Duchy is pleased to support Northamptonshire FA in its bid to create a central hub for local football and wider community sports. We have granted the Association a new lease on an 11-acre site on the outskirts of Higham Ferrers near another of our long-standing tenants, Higham Town Football Club. We hope that this will help to ensure that high quality sports and leisure facilities are accessible and available to all members of the local community.”

Paul Starbuck, Director of LK2, who are providing Northamptonshire FA with architectural support, said: “LK2 have delivered and are involved with over a dozen County FA headquarters across England including the recently completed Middlesex FA HQ, which has become the benchmark scheme for future FA headquarters designs.

“The Northamptonshire FA headquarters will reflect the new model, combining the administration offices with a full-size artificial grass pitch (AGP), changing rooms and multi-purpose community, function, meeting and education facilities. The 9,400 square foot building will overlook the AGP and include approximately 150 car parking spaces.”