Hibs Want To Be Able To Train On Grass No Matter The Weather
Updated Friday, 8th January 2010
John Hughes is looking to prise open Hibs cofferes for undersoil heating at East mains.
Despite being one of the better off clubs in terms of training facilities affected by the weather, Hibs manager John Hughes is looking to get undersoill heating installed at their training centre in East Mains. Hibs opened a new £5 million facility, just outside Edinburgh, just over two years ago and Hughes plans to use his persuasive powers on chairman Rod Petrie to invest in undersoil heating. Manager Hughes has described the indoor pitches at the complex as a "godsend" as the arctic weather has wreaked havoc with both fixtures and training schedules at clubs throughout Scotland. Hughes said: "We've trained with a squad of 20-22. We can put 10 in the gymnasium, do all the bike stuff, spin classes, do other circuits, weights, for a good 45 minutes. The other ones go in that barn for 45 minutes and then we just switch them over. It'd be great to have some undersoil heating and get on a pitch, 11 v 11. That's my message to my chairman, my Christmas present."