Youth sports training center could be coming to Franklin - WKRN News 2

Youth sports training center could be coming to Franklin


Two hundred acres at the intersection of Cool Springs Boulevard and Mack Hatcher in Williamson County is being looked at by American Youth Football for a new performance center.  The Orlando, Florida-based organization is the nation's largest youth football and cheerleading organization.

"It's centrally located and football is king, as everybody knows in the south, and we kind of like it here. We have always had good experiences here," AYFPC President Joe Galat said of the property 20 minutes south of Nashville.

The performance center would be the anchor of The Refuge at Cool Springs, but development plans also include high end shopping, restaurants, office space, homes and an active lifestyle community featuring green space, tennis courts and walking trails.

"This is the gateway to the city of Franklin and it lends itself to being the best of the best at whatever it is," property owner Micky Mitchell explained, saying if the vision comes to fruition it would be a dream come true.

Community leaders and officials from American Youth Football were on hand Saturday to tour the property, as was former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

"You know obviously I love the game and most players that start off, start very young and this is an opportunity," Fisher told Nashville's News 2 adding that he doesn't have a financial investment in the property, but wanted to show his support for the project.

If American Youth Football likes the property, they will file a letter of intent with the city and then it will have to go through the proper channels for approval.

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