The club officially submit plans to build an indoor dome at the idverde Training Ground.

Peterborough United can confirm that plans have been submitted to the City Council to build an indoor dome at the idverde training ground, which will not only be used by the first team, Academy and women’s teams at the football club, but also for wider use within the community.

The proposed double skinned sports dome encloses a pitch of 60m x 40m and has a maximum height of 11m and will be situated on the current gravel car park at the training ground with proposals also including the demolition of the lakeside building to create additional car park facilities.

The club have worked extremely closely with the Nene Park Academy school and the completion of this project will bring huge benefits to students who will have exclusive access to the facilities during a normal school day.

Posh co-owner Jason Neale said: We are delighted to take this next step in our aspirations to become a Category 2 academy.  The enhanced facilities will be of benefit to PUFC, the Nene Park Academy and the wider community through providing access to much needed indoor paying space and importantly its environmentally designed to ensure it’s a visual addition to the area”.

Robin Grover, Principal at Nene Park Academy, said: “Both CMAT and Nene Park Academy unreservedly support these plans for a new pitch and associated first-class facilities within the academy grounds, to support Peterborough United’s strong ambition to gain Category 2 status.

“We are proud to enjoy a very solid relationship with the football club with hundreds of our pupils and children from across Peterborough able to benefit from the existing facilities and football training activities.

“For Nene Park Academy, the proposed covered new pitch will not only allow further capacity in our core PE lessons, but also our GCSE, A-Level and BTEC Sports students will benefit from decreased threat from any inclement weather, which would potentially affect practical activities.”

Kieran Scarff, Academy Manager for Peterborough United Football Club, said: “The ongoing success of the existing training academy at the Nene Park Academy site has fostered the ambition to achieve full EFL Academy Category 2 status which would be a tremendous boost for Peterborough United Football Club.

“In order to achieve this we will require additional facilities not yet in existence at the Academy and this planning application with the indoor dome, that is required at Category 2 level, will have a huge impact, not just on the players within the Academy, but also the wider Peterborough community.”

The proposals that were submitted were due to be completed in March 2020, but due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, were pushed back, but with the support of co-owners Darragh MacAnthony, Jason Neale and Stewart Thompson, the club are now in a position to rubber stamp the documents.

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