CHAIRMAN Darryl Eales says there is no place like home after Solihull Moors moved into their new training base in Studley last weekend.
The National League side will now base themselves at The Training Room Sporting Complex at Studley Sports Centre in Worcestershire, at an ideal time too – with their pre-season preparations getting underway at the start of the week.
Impressive changes at the complex round off a busy summer in which two new grass pitches with full drainage systems and irrigation were installed on the site, in addition to a gym, changing rooms and a new players’ lounge.
With the new base adding to the optimism that has grown year-on-year at the club, the Solihull chairman says the benefits for both the club and the community can be plentiful.
“It is a superb training venue for the club in terms of location, strong links to local football and, of course, excellent facilities,” said Eales, with the complex also set to continue to house local side Studley of Midland League Division One.
“The team are delighted to have a permanent home and have settled in well ahead of the new season. We look forward to re-introducing our new venue to the wider community as soon as we are safely able to do so.”
Jimmy Shan’s side narrowly missed out on the play-offs in ninth after the 2019/20 campaign was drawn to an early close and decided on points-per-game, with the focus firmly set on making another push for promotion this time around.
The acquisition of 32-year-old Stephen Gleeson, formerly of Birmingham City, MK Dons and the Republic of Ireland national team helped make a further statement of intent last week prior to the club’s training ground move, helping build excitement for the new campaign ahead of Moors’ first pre-season friendly a week on Saturday.
A visit to Kettering Town gets things underway for Shans side on Saturday, September 5, before welcoming the newly-promoted National League North side to the SportNation.bet Stadium for the return hame on Tuesday, September 8.
Two further home and away clashes against step six opposition in Leamington [September 12 (A), September 26 (H)] and Hereford [September 19 (H), September 22 (A)] then complete Solihull’s warm-up fixtures, all to be played behind closed doors.