Construction of the new £7 million Wolves Academy & Arena with TigerTurf indoor 3G pitch began during the summer of 2013, as the Club prepared for what turned out to be a title-winning Sky Bet League One campaign. This carried on the Club’s proud tradition of bringing through talented young players to graduate as full-time professional footballers, with the Academy having previously produced international players such as Robbie Keane, Matt Murray, Keith Andrews and Joleon Lescott. The plans behind the Wolves Academy & Arena have been developed over a number of years, with staff visiting the best youth facilities at home and abroad to help hone the final designs. The development played an important role in the Club’s commitment towards securing ‘Category One’ status for a minimum of three years – the highest status that can be awarded by the Premier League’s academy accreditation system. Guests were shown the TigerTurf indoor Soccer Real 50 XQ training pitch, a pitch that has been developed with the synthetic turf components of TenCate Grass. Around eighty Wolves Academy players participated in coaching sessions on the indoor TigerTurf 3G pitch and a selection of Wolves Academy players conducted guided tours, with guests being able to see players using the gym, analysis rooms and classroom.