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Community football and LFC Academy plans move forward

by Comms Team

Plans to improve community sports facilities and redevelop Liverpool Football Club’s Academy site in Kirkby have moved a step closer.

Knowsley Council’s Cabinet has agreed to sell land on Simonswood Lane to the Club to allow the development to take place.

The plans, which received planning permission in September 2017, include:

  • Five new high quality community football pitches;
  • New community changing facilities;
  • Enhanced landscaping and tree planting;
  • Safe pedestrian, dog-walking and cycle paths; and
  • Car parking for people using the community playing fields.

LFC’s vision is to bring its first team and Academy football training operations and facilities together on one site.

The proposal includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the Academy and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch.

LFC and Knowsley Council have been working closely with the local community and held a public consultation in March 2017, in which the plans received an overwhelmingly positive response from local residents.

Knowsley Council Cabinet Member, and Elected Member for Northwood, Cllr Mike Murphy, said:


I’m pleased that we’ve taken another significant step towards delivering these exciting plans for the Kirkby community and for Liverpool Football Club.


The scheme will really enhance the local area for the benefit of our residents, with vastly-improved football pitches and changing facilities, new dog-walking and cycle paths, lighting and secure car parking.


The local community has really welcomed these plans and I look forward to continuing to work with Liverpool Football Club to deliver this fantastic scheme.

You can find answers to some frequently asked questions about the sale of land here.