Swans' vision for the future
SWANSEA City have made major strides in upgrading their training facilities.
Work on a purpose-built facility at Fairwood is due to begin shortly and a complex in Landore should be completed in a matter of weeks.
Meanwhile, the pitch at the side's current base in Llandarcy is also being improved.
The first team is currently based at a public health club, but want a more private complex as they look to cope with the elite demands of the Premier League.
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Swansea revealed proposals to construct a specialist base at Fairwood towards the end of last season and are pressing ahead with those plans.
The facilities at Llandarcy will also be improved, where problems with the pitch meant Swansea ended up preparing on an artificial surface for much of last season.
And building at another site, in Landore, could be completed just after the start of next season.
Though that is intended primarily for the youth team, as the club bids to gain academy status for the centre of excellence, it will also be used by the senior side.
"Significant improvements have been made over the close season on the playing surface at Llandarcy and Michael (Laudrup) is happy with the facilities he's seen there on the back of the ongoing works at Landore and Fairwood," said chairman Huw Jenkins. "The plan is to utilise the training facilities at Landore and Fairwood from September for the rest of this season.
"The Landore site, which will also be available for junior, youth and community use, has undergone major pitch renovations and the introduction of a new all-weather pitch and a modern facility to house changing rooms, offices, treatment rooms and a café are progressing really well.
"They are due for completion in mid-September."
Swansea have been in discussions with the city's university over building a new state-of-the-art complex at Fairwood.
The Fairwood site currently comprises eight pitches, a large changing room and car park.
As well as high-quality pitches, the proposed new training base is likely to feature a medical department, pool, gym facilities and analysis rooms.
Former bosses Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez both pushed for the club to improve training facilities, but it appears Laudrup will be the man to benefit from the club's investment in its infrastructure.
"Work at Fairwood is due to start shortly on renovating all the pitches and existing changing facilities, offices and café area," added Jenkins.
"This work will continue over the next 18 months to two years and we are due to issue a full statement in partnership with Swansea University shortly.
"Improving the overall training facilities at the club has been a priority for some time.
"Unfortunately projects of this magnitude are often complicated and take time to implement.
"It's been frustrating at times, but I'm pleased to say that the recent progress has been very encouraging and we are all very excited about the future."