Swansea Labour leader Rob Stewart has hailed the Swans’ £10.5m Fairwood Training Ground which has been officially opened by club legend John Toshack.
The facility, which rivals any in the Premier League, includes a state-of-the-art gym, changing rooms, altitude chamber, treatment room, analysis suite, auditorium, meeting rooms, kit store, boot room and hydro pool along with eight full-size pitches and a designated media centre.
It is a successful collaboration between the club, Swansea University and the City and County of Swansea.
“It was great to be at Fairwood to see this fantastic facility,” said Councillor Stewart, leader of Swansea Council.
“It was another demonstration of Team Swansea in operation – the Swans, Swansea University and Swansea Council – working together to provide the best facilities possible in this area.
“This is a collaboration which will benefit the Swans and the students and it is yet another great facility in Swansea.”
Former Swans manager Toshack was also full of praise for the club’s training base saying: “It’s a great honour for me to officially open this fantastic new facility at Fairwood on behalf of Swansea City Football Club and Swansea University,” he said. “The facilities here are top class.
“If the staff and players have got facilities and conditions like this to work in, then it becomes a lot easier to achieve success. I have worked all over the world and I rate these facilities at Fairwood as very, very high indeed.”
Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said: “Firstly I would like to thank Swansea University for their support in a project that will undoubtedly benefit us both. Without their cooperation and commitment to the project we would have never achieved what we can see today.
“We have come a long way in a short period of time and these first-class facilities and the professional environment it encourages can only help us maintain our top-flight status and ultimately take us to the next level.”