The Scottish Football Partnership has made an award of £40,000 to Dundee United F.C to assist with the cost of upgrading the club’s training facility at Gussie Park. The newly named GA Engineering Arena has benefitted from a total investment of almost £250,000 thanks to support from the SFP, the Arab Trust, the Federation of DUSC and the Dundee United Business Club. Club Chairman Stephen Thomson said, “The redevelopment is the cornerstone of the Club’s future youth academy vision with development and sustainability at the forefront of the ethos. The youth academy will utilise the arena and the 3G 2* FIFA approved surface for training sessions and matches and the Club’s development squad will also play future matches within the GA Arena. On occasion the first team will also utilise the arena for training”.
United Manager, Jackie Mc Namara who took part in the opening ceremony of the new look facility added, “Everyone has really pulled together to achieve this goal in quite a short time frame. We are grateful to all who have helped us succeed in providing the facilities that will benefit all ages at the Club from our youngest team right up to our first team”.
“Having trained on it already, the players have stated it is the best 3G surface they have experienced. The improved facility enhances our training and development structure and that is something which links with my long term future of continually developing Dundee United as a Club and not only a first team. Everyone at Tannadice shares this vision and this is part of why it is such an exciting time to be involved at United”.