Sunderland AFC training ground indoor football training pitch







Sunderland Association Football Club | Sunderland, UK


Rubb Buildings Ltd was a key player in the team tasked with completing a new indoor football training facility for Sunderland Association Football Club.


Sunderland's stars of the future began using the Rubb training hub at the Academy of Light, Cleadon following the official opening on December 7, 2012. Local manufacturing SME Rubb pitched in with Tolent Construction Ltd and architects Red Box Design Group to make SAFC's long awaited training facility plans a reality. This bespoke football training facility features Rubb's largest building span width to date at 82.4m. The facility measures 64m long with sidewalls of 7.75m and a central internal clearance of 10m high.


The structure stands 12.5m high at its apex and comprises a galvanized steel frame, a white PVC clad roof, a large gutter system, a Fullflow syphonic drainage system and four large vent roof cowls along the apex. The translucent roof allows natural daylight to illuminate the interior which includes a full size indoor 3G football pitch. The sidewalls and gables are constructed with stone filled gabion cages up to 3.8m high with the upper part clad with Larch timber.


"It is fantastic. It is currently being used by the Academy youngsters and has been described as the best indoor football training facility at club level in the country. Rubb Buildings provided a solution that is bespoke to our requirements. The company's flexibility facilitated changes in the overall facility footprint and height in accordance with planning conditions to ensure the available space was maximised. The team stepped outside their comfort zone in terms of the overall finish of the building, which shows the diversity of the product and service that Rubb provides."


Peter Weymes | SAFC Facilities Manager




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5356sq m
12 / 2012

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