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Crystal Palace appoint project manager to oversee training ground initiative

Fri 8th Jul 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

The arrival of a new training ground has moved one step further with the appointment of Raj Chandarana Consulting as Project Manager for the Training Ground Initiative for Crystal Palace Football Club (CPFC).

Chairman of Crystal Palace Supporters Trust (CPST) Alan Palmer said: "We are delighted to be able to appoint someone of the calibre of Raj to the role. His previous experience in planning ,fundraising, and working with a wide range of people will be a huge asset to the project going forward, and his previous involvement in the project through the Trust means he will be able hit the ground running on the numerous complicated issues which we need to address in the next few months."

Co-owner and Chairman of CPFC, Steve Parish, stated: "I am delighted that Raj has been appointed by the Trust to this critical role. Phil Alexander [CEO], Dougie Freedman, and myself have already dealt with him on a number of issues regarding this hugely important project for the future of the club, and I am sure that he will be able to engage strongly the club, local community, politicians, and most importantly of all the fans in backing the building of the new training ground.

“The success of this project will be a massive boost to the club and in particular the Academy, and will be a vital part of how we all wish to see the club strive forward: as a self-sustaining club, embedded in the local community, watching a team awash with local talent trained and educated in a superb facility built and owned by the fans."

Raj Chandarana commented: "I am delighted to be appointed as Project Manager for this very exciting project, the first of its kind in English football. I will draw on all of my experience in local planning and fundraising to progress the initiative as quickly as possible, and continue to build on my relationships with the club, local community, the Trust membership, and of course the wider CPFC fanbase to make this project a success."

Raj will report directly to the CPST Board Training Ground sub-committee. The Trust Board will soon be making a general appeal for volunteers to assist the Project Manager on a wide variety of tasks as well as welcome prospective candidates who wish to join the Board as at this exciting time in the Trust and club's history.

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