Hibs open their new 5m training complex at East Mains!!!

Last updated : 19 December 2007 By Steve Forbes

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Hibs today announced that their new £5m training facility at East Mains, Tranent is now in operation.

The new state of the art building cost a final sum of over £4.9m and the players will use it immediately.

The facility includes FIVE full size football pitches, a floodlit international size FIFA two star synthetic pitch and an indoor synthetic pitch.

It also includes a fully functional gym, changing rooms, medical facilities, a hydro-therapy pool, players lounge, coach's room, kitchen, dining rooms and also admin offices and meeting rooms.

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie is delighted with the facility, speaking to the official club website www.hibernianfc.co.uk, he said:

"This is an exciting day for everyone connected with Hibernian. The need for access to better training facilities had been identified as a priority by successive managers and to be able to deliver the Club's own top class training centre is very satisfying.

"More importantly, the coaches and players will have access to the very best training facilities every day and this will help the Club build on its outstanding reputation for the development of young players into professional football players."

Hibees boss John Collins was also delighted with his new base, also speaking to the official site, he said:

"The players and I have been champing at the bit to get into the new training centre and we couldn't be more delighted with the finished result. The facility is better than anything I have worked with, in
England or in France, and will be of great help in producing talented footballers for the club. It should also be a major selling pointing in bringing professional players to the Club, along with our stadium and the city itself.

"I played at
Monaco, Everton and Fulham and I can honestly say that the Hibernian Training Centre is an improvement on the centres used by these clubs. We now have the best possible surrounds from which to prepared for games - today in Edinburgh we had a problem, because of the weather mainly, in finding a suitable place to train - but that will be the last time this happens as tomorrow we move in permanently to this magnificent facility."

Also speaking at the opening was Hibs owner Tom Farmer, he commented:

"It was on this very day, the 19th December that in 1891 the Hibernian minutes show that a meeting was held by a group of people with the intention of resuscitating the Hibernian Football Club. The reason that was needed was because the Club had gone through a period when it was not playing, so they got together that day and stated their intention to resuscitate the football club.

"So there they were exactly 116 years ago planning new things for the club, and here we are today opening this magnificent new facility."

EXCELLENT NEWS, what a facility the club now has, this should help us attract players in the future and will put an end to the farce of the squad ferrying each other about Edinburgh in cars trying to find a decent surface to train on!

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