Work is underway on the construction of a new artificial pitch at the Blackburn Rovers' Senior Training Centre, which is set to play a major role in the development of the club's rising stars.
The 3G synthetic surface, which will have a ball-stop fence, spectator area and floodlights, is located at the entrance to Brockhall Village and will take 12 weeks to complete.
Rovers' Academy manager Phil Cannon said: “The new floodlit artificial pitch will be a great asset to BRFC Academy, as it will allow us to create extra contact hours for all our young players.
“This is something that we have been trying to do for some time now and it’s great to see our owners investing in the future of our club.
“It will also help in our quest to secure Category 1 status, as this is one of the mandatory requirements in the new Elite Player Performance Plan that has been put in place this year by the Premier League.
“We would like to thank the residents of Brockhall Village for working with us on this project and hopefully we won't cause too much disruption during the building process.”
Head groundsman Steve Patrick added: "We've had the indoor synthetic pitch for a while now, which we just brush and clean as often as we can, but the outdoor one is a different ball game, so it's going to be a learning curve for us, but we are going to enjoy having that facility and working on it.
"It's a good investment, it's there for years to come and I'm sure we'll reap the rewards from that. The local residents, the No 1 bar and the owners of the land have all been very helpful and we appreciate that."