HALIFAX Rugby League FC now has a permanent training ground in Calderdale which it can use day or night.
As an educational partner, it has been granted priority use of the new all-weather pitch has been created as part of the £6.6 million sports redevelopment scheme at Calderdale College.
Club star Frank Watene and chairman Michael Steele gave it full marks during a tour of the complex, which should be completed next month.
“This is a key part of our bid to get back in the Super League,” said Mr Steele.
“Until now, we have had to train outside Calderdale, usually in Rochdale, or rely occasionally on pitches belonging to amateur clubs closer to home.”
As well as the pitch, the club will have access to changing rooms, a new sports hall, fitness suite and sports science lab where players can also undergo fitness tests carried out by college sports students.
Steve Harrison, the college’s sports manager, said: “The fitness suite links with our sports science lab where our learners will be able to test players’ cardiovascular and respiratory fitness, flexibility, strength and endurance.
“The partnership with Halifax RLFC also provides students with the opportunity for masterclass coaching sessions and the chance to progress to the Halifax under-23 team,” he said.
The new sports complex will also be available for community use with both the pitch and hall being open for bookings at evenings and weekends.
“We are already making plans for holiday camps during school holidays, giving young people the opportunity to take part in multi-sports, games and skills development.