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Youth Academy: The Groupama OL Academy nears completion

Published on the 15 June 2016 à 10:45 by SC

A hundred people have been hard at work since November and the beginning of earthworks so that the new youth academy premises in Meyzieu can take form and be ready mid-July (with the exception of the accommodation). Take a look over the project with construction manager Sylvain Berger.

A lot has happened since the first stone was laid on 9 October, 2015, a few kilometres from the Parc OL. At the Meyzieu centre, not far from Décines, there is an immense sporting complex covering 68,000 square metres that is emerging from the earth and taking form. Begun in Novemeber, the construction of the Groupama OL Academy have progressed in impressive fashion. OL's new training centre , the first unisex facility of its kind in France, looks as though it will be ready to welcome OL's youngsters as of the resumption of training for season 2016-17. Take a look around with construction manager Sylvain Berger.

The pitches

"The sporting complex is comprised of six football pitches - five with synthetic surfaces and one with a natural surface. One of these pitches is slightly smaller than regulation size and should be used exclusively for training. The two main pitches are equipped with a video camera system that allows you to capture the match in real time and then analyse it afterwards. There's also a running track."

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. Construction progress .

"Almost all the synthetic pitches have been lain. There is a still a lot of work to do getting the grass surface off the old rugby pitch we inherited recently. There's also plenty of work left to do with treating the edges and surrounds of the pitches."

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The competition complex

"The section that will come to life on match days is composed of dressing rooms for the referees and six dressing rooms for the players and the coaching staff. There will also be a waiting room and reception hall with a refreshment area in which to relax after matches."

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. Construction progress .

"This is the most advanced building. Everything is almost finished. All that's left is a big clean-up and the installation of equipment and benches, etc."

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The training complex

"This section is the main area for sporting activity during a week's training. It's composed of ten changing rooms, a hydrotherapy area for recuperation, a physiotherapy and recovery room and a big gym with a view of the training pitches. The floor above will contain offices."

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. Construction progress .

« "This section was lain in February. There are a few final touches to add, like laying the broadband cables, laying the floors and equipping the dressing rooms."

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The dormitories

"The living section of the youth academy is equipped with a kitchen area that includes a self-service function that the youngsters and the staff can use; a study room; a recreation room; and a room for the parents. There are almost 40 beds available in single or double rooms, all of which have balconies."

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. Construction progress .

"The final phase will begin around 27 June. The beginning of the fitting out and furbishing is set for the end of July. The dormitories will be ready to use a bit later on in the early stages of the season."

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GROUPAMA and CLAIREFONTAINE, official partners of OL Acadmy.

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