Nick Grantham, Head of Strength and Conditioning at Newcastle United FC, approached Absolute Performance to provide the club with a training facility worthy of a premiership football team. After months of thorough planning and a swift installation, NUFC are now proudly training in the world-class gym they deserve.
Creating a high-performance training space within the constraints of an existing building is a challenging process”, said Nick. “Having worked with Absolute Performance on previous projects I knew they were a company that could deliver my vision. I wanted to work with a company that could take the existing space and develop something that was truly world class. The team at Absolute Performance worked tirelessly with me every step of the way and the design process was a true collaboration. They took the time to understand exactly what I needed from the facility.
It was important for me to work with a company that could source every piece of kit, from flooring and racks to performance grade cardiovascular equipment and strength diagnostic tools. Their attention to detail at each step of the process meant we were able to deliver a high-performance space that will play an important part in the physical preparation of the first team players. And let’s not forget that all of this was executed with the backdrop and challenges of a global pandemic.
Designing an elite facility takes time and focus with the coaches involved to ensure that the solutions are precisely tailored and robust enough to serve the club for years to come. Following Nick’s precise requirements, the AP design team created a facility that not only fulfilled the club’s needs, but stood solidly within budget.
After the removal of the existing flooring and equipment, the AP team set to work laying a flooring solution that gave Nick and his team over 200sqm of AP Heavy Duty 40mm flooring along with an additional 40sqm of AP Evolution artificial turf. This resulted in a large area hardy enough to withstand the rigours of the repetitive dropping of heavy weights with a seamless transition into an area that can be used for floor and sled work, sprint training and specific rehab drills.
Elite level training requires elite level equipment. Legend fitness racks, a smith press, functional trainer and pro glute ham machines were all laid out for optimal performance, along with a powerful range of cardio equipment and Absolute Performance accessories. For a finishing stamp of exclusivity, we supplied NUFC branded Werksan Olympic plates.
- Absolute Performance 40mm Heavyweight Tiles
- AP Evolution Artificial Turf
- Legend Half Racks (with connector bars/dipping stations and landmines)
- Legend Smith Press
- Legend Functional Trainers
- Legend Pro Glute
- Werksan branded Olympic plates
- DC Blocks
- Absolute Performance Elite Olympic Bars
- Absolute Performance Soft Plyo Boxes
- Absolute Performance PU Dumbbells
- Absolute Performance Kettlebells, Slam Balls and Wall Balls
- Absolute Performance Accessories
(Photography: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United)