The AXA Melwood Training Centre was officially opened on Friday ahead of the women’s team’s season opener against Arsenal on Sunday.
On Friday, September 29, dignitaries from across the city and women’s football were invited to the AXA Melwood Training Centre for the club’s official opening event, with a chance to tour the elite training facility and celebrate a historic moment for our women’s team.
Last week, AXA was announced as naming rights partners for the new home of the women’s team, aligning their commitment to both the men’s and women’s teams, with the AXA Training Centre serving as the men’s team’s home until it opens in 2020.
The first-class facility is steeped in LFC history, and the women’s team will now begin their own chapter, with the opportunity to train and perform at the highest level in some of the best facilities in the WSL.
Meanwhile, the legendary venue will also house the girls’ Pro Game Academy, allowing future stars to compete at the highest level while also allowing the club to develop and train the best talent in the game.
The squad has everything it needs to progress, including dedicated areas for player rehab, team meetings, press conferences, and office space for support staff and management, with exceptional outdoor pitches, impressive indoor facilities, and a state-of-the-art gym.
The AXA Melwood Training Centre will also serve as a community outreach facility for the award-winning LFC Foundation programmes, as well as a place for young people to learn through the Fowler Education and Football Academy (FEFA).
Speaking at the official opening, Billy Hogan, Chief Executive Officer at Liverpool FC, said:
“This is a special moment in our club’s history and we are delighted that our women’s team can call this historic place home. The AXA Melwood Training Centre is a fantastic facility and our women’s team now have one of the best facilities in the WSL.
“We have been proud to have AXA as a partner since 2018 and we’re delighted they have once again shown their commitment not only to the club, but to the women’s game by partnering with us to have their name on this superb facility.”
Virginie Berçot, Global Brand Director of AXA added:
“This is a great opportunity to further our journey with Liverpool Football Club. In a world where women do not always benefit from the same conditions as men in sports, we are delighted to continue supporting and empowering female athletes. By inaugurating the new AXA Melwood Training Centre, we are proud to enable LFC Women to keep playing at the top of their game.
“At AXA, we believe that being a woman shouldn’t be a risk in every aspect of life from health to business, including sports. This training centre is further proof of our commitment towards women.”