Case study – Everton FC Family Lounge – USM Finch Farm
AFL Architects were commissioned by Everton Football Club to design the new Academy Family Lounge at USM Finch Farm. The lounge would provide a dedicated space for the families of Academy and Pre-Academy players during their training sessions and before and after matches.
The design brief called for a welcoming space in which “families feel a sense of belonging”, acknowledging that families of Academy players will spend a significant amount of time at the facility. The space would therefore provide a comfortable, homely area for the families, with an individualised and personable feel, reflecting the club’s reputation as ‘The People’s Club’.
This sense of belonging is echoed throughout the design. The rich history of the club is reflected through the branding and colours used, from the furniture and the wall graphics to the power and USB outlets, which are all Everton blue.
Access to power sockets was an integral part of the brief, as adults would be using the space to work on laptops, and parents with children could keep their kids entertained with smartphones and tablets.
OE Electrics PLUTO and PIXEL units were chosen to provide convenient, reliable power and USB charging for the space. To add to the aesthetic, blue LED lighting is used subtly around the space, including LED’s in the PLUTO units, which have become a focal point of the design.
“[The] USB sockets and power supplies are a great way for parents to catch up with work and power devices to keep young siblings entertained during the long evenings spent here.” – Staff Feedback
“We now have a space that our families feel they belong in. People interact with each other more now, and the space has developed an ambience that was unachievable for the previous space.” – Louise Prowse, Academy Personal Development Coordinator