Souters Sports' pitch complex opens at Celtic

Footballers at Celtic are limbering up for play inside a recently opened multimillion pound complex of training pitches, built by Souters Sports.

Natural grass pitches include UEFA-standard swards, a training area and goalkeepers' practice zone on former NHS land at Lennoxtown, Scotland.

Souters Sports built the grass pitches as part of an initiative to replace Celtic's former training ground at Barrowfield.

Half the 19ha site has been developed as phase one of the project. The second phase is for conference facilities and live-in dormitory areas for young players.

Celtic raised £15 million to help fund the new facilities and specifications were made by former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill and current manager Gordon Strachan.

Souters installed three full-sized natural grass training and match pitches, with under-soil heating to the main pitch, an artificial grass pitch and the goalkeepers' zone.

Celtic head groundsman John Heyes said: "For the budget we had, I'm more than satisfied with what it has achieved."


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