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Last edited 05 May 2021
Constructing and renovating UEFA training facilities
In February 2021, UEFA published a guide to help clubs and national associations plan for constructing and renovating training centres. The document, ‘UEFA Best Practice Guide to Training Centre Construction and Management’, provides an overview of factors to consider when looking to invest in new facilities or improve existing sites. The guidelines also provide generic advice about facility and service requirements for training centres.
 Five training centre suggestions
There is no one-size-fits-all model but specific best practice examples and business models can be used as reference points to build a bespoke facility regardless of how it will be used (and who will be using it).
Just as on the pitch, the composition of a team brought together to deliver a project is crucial. A wide variety of knowledge and skillsets are needed to ensure all stakeholders are considered, whether that is providing the right facilities for coaches and players, or addressing the requirements of marketing, media and community opportunities.
The importance of recovery and rehabilitation have long been accepted as essential by coaches and sports scientists for athletes to perform at their best during increasingly intense schedules. Modern training centres now reflect the advances made in this area in the array of facilities installed at the elite level. Performance testing labs are increasingly common in order to identify key physical traits and help detect and avoid burnout or injury.
 Technology and future proofing
From monitoring player performance to tracking the length of grass, there is now barely a detail that is left to chance. Popular uses of technology include live GPS, automated cameras, giant screens, digital signage and control centres as well as interactive training aids to improve technical skills.
 Support through sustainability
Increasingly, sustainable and environmentally friendly designs and construction schemes are enjoying political, public and financial support. Sustainability is a key issue in the development of infrastructure, and clubs and associations that take account of such matters are regarded as being representative of their local communities. A strong sustainability strategy can help achieve commercial goals, as well as reinforcing positive values.
The following are all key areas in this regard:
- Construction method.
- Lighting and energy use.
- Landscaping and biodiversity.
- Re-use and recycling (including reduction of water consumption).
- Generation of waste.
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