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Whitecaps willing to finance Nat'l Training Centre


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The Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to build a soccer facility in Surrey styled on those of Arsenal and Chelsea in England, if they can strike a deal with the city.

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi has sent Surrey council a document outlining the club's proposal for a national training facility.

Lenarduzzi is responding to a proposal by Surrey Councillor Tom Gill to create a Soccer City in the eastern portion of Tynehead Regional Park.

The soccer club has been looking for a site to build a national training centre for the past four years and is touting its latest blueprint as one that would "rival any of its kind in North America."

The ambitious plans would require 20 acres of land in the 300-acre park and call for a total of six fields -- four natural grass and two synthetic, one with a removable dome to ensure year-round playing time.

The plans also include a "world-class" physiotherapy and sports psychology clinic, and a training centre with players' lounge, restaurant and kitchen facilities and locker rooms complete with sauna and fitness and training rooms.

"We're prepared to come in and make the investment and build the fields and the clubhouse," Lenarduzzi said, adding the club is looking to partner with a city that can come up with "a favourable lease."


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