Cowling - new training ground could be "biggest thing to happen to U's" (From Essex County Standard)
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Cowling - new training ground could be "biggest thing to happen to U's"
Colchester United’s new training ground is potentially the biggest thing ever to happen to the club.
The finishing touches are currently being made to the impressive venue, which cost £3.5m overall to build, ahead of its opening at the start of next month.
The U’s have never before owned their own training ground and have previously used facilities such as the Garrison and Essex University to prepare for games.
Now they will have everything in one base at the complex, which boasts five high-quality pitches along a full-sized dressing room, physio’s room and offices.
Cowling said: “This is a massive thing for Colchester United.
“In my opinion, this is a bigger leap forward for the club than having a new stadium or winning promotion to the Championship.
“I actually think this has gone under the radar a bit.
“This is going to be around for years and years and years to come.
“Getting promoted in 2006 was great but we weren’t able to hold on to that.
“It just became a memory, whereas a set-up like this should allow us to perhaps achieve that again and stay there.
“The club does look very different now to when I took it over, six years ago.
“We have a great stadium which we’re really making work and now we have a fantastic training facility.
“The club is still not punching any higher than before but that will come in time.”
See Monday's Gazette for more on this story and a full report and pictures on the U's new training ground, along with all of the latest Colchester United news.