Liverpool Football Club Officially Opens New AXA Training Centre
After 722 days since construction began, Liverpool Football Club have today officially opened their new training ground – The AXA Training Centre
The opening of the 9,200sqm AXA Training Centre marks a new chapter in the club’s history and creates a combined first team and U23s facility, each of which has its own identity.
The centre boasts three full-size pitches, goalkeeping and warm-up areas, and indoor facilities, including two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites. It also includes dedicated TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation.
Andy Hughes, LFC’s managing director, said: “We started this project over two years ago, marking a significant milestone in the history of this great football club.
“After saying a fond farewell to Melwood last week, we are excited to start a new era at the club, bringing our first team and Academy operations and facilities together on one site for the first time in history.
“There have been so many people involved in making this great project happen – it is impossible to thank them all as individuals. Our first-team manager Jürgen Klopp, sporting director Michael Edwards and Academy director Alex Inglethorpe have been instrumental in turning plans into a reality.”
Speaking of the new centre, manager Jurgen Klopp, added: “Today is a really special day for the team – it has been a long time coming. There has been a lot of steps, meetings with architects, designers, everybody.
“The facility is great and whoever has the chance to visit will be impressed. It is a wonderful building – you have everything you need now and for the future. It’s pretty much perfect.”
Ulrike Decoene, chief communications, brand and corporate responsibility for AXA Group, said: “I am very proud about this new chapter in AXA’s partnership with the legendary Liverpool Football Club, marked by the official opening of the team’s new training ground.
“So far, the results generated by our partnership with LFC are extremely positive, both in terms of brand awareness but also employees’ pride and engagement. The time capsule with the AXA training kit will convey to future generations the common vision and values this partnership was built upon.”