Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough Football Club are joining forces to deliver training and conference facilities in the town.
The move follows the announcement of the proposed closure of the Middlesbrough Teaching and Learning Centre included in the Mayor’s recent budget recommendations for 2014-15.
While the existing MTLC facility off Cargo Fleet Lane remains earmarked for closure, the new partnership will focus on delivering a service that makes best use of the resources and expertise of both parties.
Under the new arrangement, conference and training facilities will be delivered initially from both the existing site and the Riverside Stadium.
The aim is to offer the same range of facilities and services at highly competitive prices, with new products and offers in the pipeline as the partnership takes shape.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This Council and Middlesbrough Football Club are fully committed to work together to promote economic development in the town, and this new approach to providing training and conference facilities is a prime example of that partnership.
“MTLC has developed a deserved reputation for delivering a first class service, and the new arrangement will continue that work as part of the broader economic development strategy for Middlehaven and the town centre.”
MFC’s Chief Operating Officer Mark Ellis said: “We’ve always seen the stadium as a flagship for the Middlehaven site, which is now beginning to make progress towards becoming the important business hub for the town that we believe it can be.
“We see this agreement as another significant step in that direction and we’re delighted to see the stadium facilities being put to use in such a constructive and imaginative way.
“Both MTLC and the Riverside have earned excellent reputations with a wide range of customers throughout Teesside and beyond and we will work hand in hand with the Council to ensure this continues into the future.”