PACE — The Clubhouse All Sports Training Facility broke ground Saturday on what founders say will be a 19,500-square-foot facility with a two-acre outdoor training ground including a baseball infield, partial soccer and football field, two beach volleyball courts, and a full basketball court.
A corner of the facility — located at 4829 West Spencerfield Road in Pace — organizers will dedicate to Chicago Cubs shortstop and Pace High graduate Addison Russell for two reasons, according to Managing Principal Jason Kimbrell.
“One is to showcase and celebrate his success but more importantly every single kid that comes in should know what hard work looks like, the result of hard work,” he said.
The Clubhouse will have 10,000 square feet of turf with seven batting cages, two pitching lanes, two Iron Mike machines, a tumble track for cheerleading and gymnastics, a sports lounge for the parents to relax, party rooms, and a 1,300-square-foot athletic performance center on the ground floor.
Upstairs, there will be a game room with ping-pong tables, air hockey tables, foosball tables, and another batting cage, according to Clubhouse Vice President of Operations and Associate Partner Drew Cumberland.
The Clubhouse will offer training in baseball, softball, football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and cheerleading and may add lacrosse, Cumberland said.
The three-track after-school program will focus on fitness, understanding health, and nutrition, Cumberland said.
“The three tracks we have are a recess track. And that’s going to be more for kids that want to come have fun and have something active to do after school,” he said. “They’ll do their homework, get a healthy snack, and have access to the game room, go outside and play kickball; something fun to keep them active …
“The second track we’ll have is the athletic track and that’s focused more on fitness, speed, and agility; where athletes can hone their skills, get coordinated, get more athletic and move themselves to the next level.
“The last track we’ll have is the academy-based track. That is for athletes that really want to get to the next level, whatever level that may be, but it’s going to be an intense workout program where they’ll train just like high school, just like professional athletes train in to where it pushes their body to the next level.”