The European Football Association (UEFA) has published a manual to provide a step-by-step guide to training centre design, construction and management.
The document is produced with the needs of national FA’s clubs and municipalities in mind.
It sets out the key concepts to consider when planning the development of a facility from a sporting and operational perspective.
The document references various facilities in Europe UEFA describes as ‘excellent’ and that illustrate the best practice in different areas such as pitch design, educational and office spaces, on-site accommodation and the use of sports science and technology.
“Training centres are increasingly at the heart of national association and club strategy, and are vital resources in planning the vision and delivering the long-term goals of the organisation. A top-quality training facility is crucial to the realisation of these goals on the field – whether the aim is to provide top-class facilities for elite professionals to train, or to develop the next generation of young players,” UEFA Deputy General Secretary Giorgio Marchetti explains in his opening word.
“UEFA’s role as the governing body of European football is to help raise standards both on and off the pitch, and to assist the clubs and member associations, as well as the European football community as a whole.”
You can download the document here