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Clarets celebrate council’s support of training ground overhaul

Burnley Football Club is celebrating after securing the council’s support of a proposal to overhaul training facilities at Gawthorpe.

After working closely with the council, the club is delighted that the development committee has endorsed the planning officer’s recommendation. Their decision will now be referred to the Secretary of State for approval and the club is hopeful to receive the go ahead within 21 days.

Burnley FC manager Brian Laws commented: "Without doubt this is one of the most important decisions to be made for the future of the football club.

"Everything is moving forwards, but Gawthorpe has been stuck in a time warp and it's always been an Achilles heel for the club.

"It has been the same for the past 30 years and it hasn't changed since I was here, so this is an opportunity for us to progress the club, bring it into the 21st Century and make it a pleasure to go down there.

"The facilities have to be up to scratch because that, in turn, will entice players here.

"Now we have this opportunity and only good things can come from it."

The new Gawthorpe facility will include a self-contained training facility with additional dressing rooms, a dedicated gym, catering facilities and a players' lounge for all levels, from first team to Centre of Excellence. The club hopes to begin work in January 2011 with an anticipated completion date of July 2011.

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