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County firm wins deal for new football training ground

A Cheltenham company has been appointed to oversee the development of a new state-of-the-art training ground for Bristol Rovers Football Club.

Evans Jones Surveyors and Planning Consultants, have been chosen to develop land near the M5 motorway at Almondsbury, near Bristol.

This is a landmark project for Evans Jones who have also recently managed a project for the Football Association on Wembley Stadium.

Bristol Rovers said: "Dwane Sports are pleased to announce that Evans Jones Chartered Surveyors and Planning Consultants of Cheltenham have been appointed as manager to oversee the development of The Colony training facilities."

David Jones, managing director at Evans Jones commented: "Evans Jones are delighted to be working with Bristol Rovers to develop the new training ground.

The site at Almondsbury offers excellent potential to provide a new state‐of‐the‐art facility for the club".

The site of the new training ground at Hortham Lane in Almondsbury is to be known as The Colony.

Whilst the site has consent for the provision of sports pitches and associated facilities, it is anticipated that revised proposals will be submitted to South Gloucestershire Council shortly and work will commence on the new ground once permission has been secured.

Rovers chairman, Steve Hamer, spoke to fans towards the end of last year and said he hoped that Rovers will be moved into the new facility for the start of the 2019/20 season.

Pictured: Left to right, Bristol Rovers' Keith Graham (Head of Medical Services), Darrell Clarke (Manager), Steve Hamer (Chairman), Marcus Stewart (Assistant Manager) and Ken Masters (Supporters Club Director).

Images by Rogan Thomson/JMP

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