A NEW feature at Newcastle United’s Benton training ground is helping save the club hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Bosses at the club are out to reduce the Magpies’ carbon footprint and cut their energy bills.
Among the green measures it has introduced is a 580ft-deep borehole sunk at its Darsley Park training ground.
The £56,000 borehole is providing irrigation for 13 pitches at both the training ground and the club’s academy at Little Benton.
One of the biggest sports irrigation systems in Europe, it is expected to save the club up to £500,000 over the next 12 years.
The hole was sunk in response to the government’s introduction of its carbon reduction commitment scheme was announced by the government.
The cost cuts it will bring for the Premier League club come on top of savings of more than £200,000 on energy bills over the last three years due to new systems being fitted and gas, electric and water contracts being renegotiated.
New energy impact software has also been installed to monitor gas and electricity usage around the clock, tracking unusual surges in use at the Sports Direct Arena, the training centre or the academy,
United’s facilities manager, Eddie Rutherford, said: “It’s vitally important, both for society and for the environment, that we reduce our energy usage, and we have been working very hard to make sure this is the case.
“From Newcastle United’s point of view, it’s also important that we reduce our costs and make the club as sustainable as possible.
“Even though we have noticed huge savings over the last few years, there is still a lot of work to do, and I would urge all football clubs to look at how much they are using and ways they can cut down.
“We managed to renegotiate all of our gas, electric and water contracts to good effect, and we have also started to offer our staff energy-saving hints and tips.”