Internal view of indoor football training facility at SAFC
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Sunderland AFC Indoor Football Training Facility

Sunderland, UK

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External view of indoor football training facility at SAFC

Rubb 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. Rubb pitched in with Tolent Construction Ltd and architects Red Box Design Group to make SAFC’s long-awaited training facility plans a reality.

Fully kitted out

This bespoke indoor football training facility features one of Rubb’s largest building span widths 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.

Its 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.

Internal view of indoor football training facility at SAFC

It's fantastic. It's currently being used by the Academy youngsters and been described as the best indoor football training facility at club level in the country. Rubb provided a bespoke solution for our requirements and ensured the available space was maximised. The team really delivered in the overall finish of the building, which shows the diversity of the product and service that Rubb provides.

Facilities Manager, SAFC Peter Weymes

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