Newcastle United set for training ground expansion after next-door neighbours move out

Newcastle United will expand their current working facility at Benton with their next door neighbours the Northumberland FA set to move out at the end of the season.

Whitley Park has been the home of the Northumberland FA since 2003 with Newcastle renting the pitch to allow their Under-21 side to play at the 1,000 capacity ground. The building has dressing rooms, offices and function rooms which have been used for NFA meetings over the years and could be put to good use by the Magpies.

Chronicle Live understands that Newcastle will expand their operation across to Whitley Park from Benton with a media hub set to be unveiled in the building. At present Press conferences take place in the main facility in a multi-purpose room but next season this is set to change.

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The Northumberland FA will soon move on from Whitley Park, and Newcastle could move some staff across to the building next door but it is believed this would not impact the first-team staff or players.

The NFA will soon move to a new £4m venue on the Coast Road. An NFC statement read: "Thanks to a £1.9m grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, St Peter's Playing Fields, Wallsend, will soon become home to a new sports facility complete with a pavilion, changing rooms, a multi-use community space and a new floodlit 3G football pitch across a 6.8-hectare site.

"The £4m North Tyneside Council project is being hailed as a first-class venue for football and rugby and will be operated by Northumberland FA, who will use it as their new HQ."