Sunderland AFC Training Facility
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 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.
SAFC Facilities Manager Peter Weymes