Knights Grange in Winsford, Cheshire, has been identified as the preferred site of a £70m world-class facility for women's football incorporating a 150-bedroom luxury hotel.
The venue, which is being developed by Cheshire FA, Cheshire West and Chester Council and ION Developments, will be the first facility of its kind in Europe, with profits generated from the site re-invested back into grassroots football.
Stuart Manifould, project director at Cheshire FA, said: "We want to create a world class sports facility that is at the heart of the local community. During our feasibility process we reviewed over 30 site locations. Knights Grange gives us an opportunity to invest into Winsford as a town and contribute to regenerating the area.
"This facility will have national and international significance in football as well as providing outstanding facilities for community use. We are really looking forward to working with the council and local residents to maximise this opportunity and deliver a scheme that carries wide ranging benefits."
The development will incorporate a luxury hotel, spa and conference facilities, alongside a 3,000 capacity football stadium, elite training facilities and indoor and outdoor pitches.
A planning application for the development will follow land investigations of the site.Get The Caterer every week on your smartphone, tablet, or even in good old-fashioned hard copy (or all three!).