Rangers Football Club recently received a Facilities Award from the SFP to assist with the costs of upgrading the club’s indoor 3G training surface at Murray Park. The club, which has a 6 star Youth Academy, approached the SFP for support as the existing surface was coming towards the end of its useable lifespan and was starting to become an issue in terms of meeting the requirements under The Scottish FA’s Club Academy Scotland guidelines.
Craig Mullholland, Head of Youth at Rangers F.C. said “The facility upgrade has made a big difference to us and I think the new 3G surface is excellent and the players are enjoying training on it. The quality of work we can deliver for the players has vastly improved, thanks to the improved surface which is to the same specification as our outside 3G pitch. This consistency of surface aids the transfer of our players from our outside synthetic pitch to our indoor synthetic pitch and reduces the chances of injury. During the winter months when a lot of clubs have to stop training when the snow and ice arrive, we will be able to keep on training and working on the technical development of all players as we can schedule activity for our youth squads, our full time players and, of course, the first team. As we continue to improve the infrastructure around Murray Park we will hopefully be able to produce better players as a consequence. The facility is used pretty much every day from 9am to 10pm and is already proving popular with our Sports Science department as well as our other user groups including our young Elite Academy players, Rangers Ladies and the Community Department at the club. Once again, we would like to thank The Scottish Football Partnership for their support”