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Chairman hopeful on Training Ground progress

Dons set to submit limited planning application...

24 May 2021

Pete Winkelman is hopeful MK Dons can soon make a start in establishing training pitches at the National Bowl.

Speaking in his end-of-season interview with iFollow MK Dons, the Chairman revealed that a limited planning application for the Bowl will soon be lodged - one that will detail plans to enable the first-team squad to begin training at the Bowl.

“It’s only a mark in the sand but it’s the single biggest impact we can have,” Winkelman said. “

“What we can’t do straight away is invent the Bowl that I want but what we can do, we hope, is be able to make a start and get the first-team pitches done.

“The planning application should be in, in the next few weeks but our initial planning application will only be about (the pitches) along with a temporary building.

“The whole training ground will take a lot longer because I can’t get done what I need to get done, which is, get the developments together.

“It’s only the beginning of the process but it’s something that Russ really demands and I want to be able to deliver. we’ll be making a start, hopefully, at some time later this year and I’m really excited about that.”

Winkelman added: “I want to thank the Council for giving us this opportunity and, I want to re-iterate, that I believe in the Bowl as a venue as well as a training ground.

“At least 330 days a year, it can be a training ground rather than doing nothing, but that other 30 times is an opportunity to still have some of the biggest events in the country because I believe in bringing those to Milton Keynes.”


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