AERIAL photos have revealed the “great progress” being made on Southend United’s new training complex.

One month on from the beginning of construction, and White Horse Contractors – the firm drafted in to lead construction – have set out the foundations for the Shrimper’s new Fossetts Training Ground Complex.

The new facilities will boast four pitches across a 20-acre site. 


“The groundworks include four new training pitches with advanced drainage and irrigation systems to ensure Fossetts provides Southend United Football Club with a consistent, all-year-round facility; a significant upgrade to the club’s existing training space at Boots and Laces," a club spokesman said.

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The new training pitches are slated to be available for use by the club’s first team squad by October.

“Great progress being made by our site team in Essex,” White Horse Contractors tweeted, sharing aerial images of the development.

White Horse Contractors are specialists in constructing sports pitches having worked with clubs such as Queens Park Rangers, Chelsea, Luton Town, Derby County and most impressively, the FA at its Three Lions flagship complex – the St Georges Park National Football Centre.

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Tom Lawrence, CEO at Southend United, said: “The new training ground is a truly exciting phase in the club’s development and represents another step forwards towards a great future for the club”.

Once the training pitches are complete, work will then begin on the next phase of the Fossetts Farm project which includes the new 21,000-seater stadium and 850 homes.

The club hopes to be playing games in the new stadium by the start of the 2024/25 season - with three sides of the stadium completed.

The state-of-the-art stadium, off Eastern Avenue, is expected to bring £500 million to the town and create more than 1,000 new jobs.

When all construction phases are completed, the site will eventually be host to 1,461 homes, plus a 107-bedroom hotel, along with a club shop, restaurant and conference space.

The phased development project also includes plans to build 502 homes at the club’s current home at Roots Hall, once the new stadium is ready.