Club Embarks on Transformational Journey with New Training Facilities

In a significant development for Dunfermline Athletic Football Club, manager James McPake has expressed his excitement about the commencement of work on the new training facilities at Rosyth. James highlighted the immense impact he expects the new facility to have on the club.

Describing the project as “massive,” the Pars manager stressed the transformative effect it would have on the club, taking it to another level in Scottish football. He underscored the importance of having a dedicated space:-

“Pitreavie has been excellent with us since we’ve come in. It has been good down there but just having your own space and everything there. We are fortunate with the gym that we have got here but I’ve been at clubs where the gym is off-site, the training ground is off-site. It is tough, you just have to deal with it but having your own facility grows the club from pre-academy all the way to first team.”

As he spoke about the potential benefits for players at all levels McPake’s enthusiasm for the project was evident. 

“You are spending more hours there and having that ability to be on the pitch as much as you want. The ability to have everything on-site is huge for the younger kids and all the way to the first team. In my opinion it is a massive step for the club and I’m looking forward to it.”

Addressing the potential impact on player recruitment, James expressed confidence that the new facilities could sway decisions to join the club. Drawing on personal experience, he highlighted the significance of a club’s training ground in shaping a player’s first impression. James believes that showcasing top-notch facilities can play a crucial role in attracting talent to the club, making it a more appealing prospect for potential recruits.

“I have played at clubs who have their own training ground but I have never coached where you could bring a player in and say “here’s a facility”. We benefit here with the gym and facilities at the club. It helps get players in but I’m just going on a personal note, when I went into Hibs or Coventry your first impression is of the training ground. If you can add that to your club I think it will definitely help.”

While acknowledging that various factors influence a player’s decision, McPake claimed that having a dedicated training ground would undoubtedly also enhance the club’s overall professionalism. The new facilities, including a state-of-the-art 4G astro pitch with floodlighting, modular dressing rooms, and other amenities, mark a pivotal step toward creating a more conducive environment for players to thrive.  “There can be other reasons for young kids but it just makes the environment more professional, so credit to the club for doing this.”

Local contractor Doe Sports, renowned for their expertise in sports facility development, will be overseeing the construction. The first phase is scheduled for completion by the end of March 2024, setting the stage for a new era in the history of Dunfermline Athletic Football Club.

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