QPR Reveal Plans For New Training Ground
Tue 15th May 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Following a dramatic final game of the season in which they secured their Premier League status at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium, Queens Park Rangers have announced details of a new state-of-the-art training ground facility.
The Warren Farm site will be developed into a full multi-purpose First Class Professional Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex, which will have state-of-the-art facilities that are second to none.
QPR were successful in securing the 63 acre site in the borough of Ealing when they were named as the preferred bidder to a 200-year lease on the land, subject to the successful planning application.
QPR Chairman, Tony Fernandes, expressed his delight at the successful bid, commenting: "We are absolutely ecstatic and must thank everyone involved in the process, especially David Leed (CYD Projects Ltd) who oversaw the bid, for their tremendous support.
"This decision means we are now in a position to build a new state-of-the-art facility which will enable us to attract, retain and train world class talent.”
The land will be designed for the Club's professional training requirements, which will be designed to the Premier Leagues Academy Category 1 and Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), with a layout of natural and artificial training pitches and grids.
He added: "We said when we arrived here that we wanted to build this Club for the future and this is another huge step in the right direction.
"We already have a first class senior management team in place, with Mark Hughes at the helm, and the recent appointment of our new Technical Director, Mike Rigg, is further testament to what we are striving to achieve here.
"Clearly though, to achieve such goals, a new training ground facility is paramount so we are absolutely delighted."
The Elite Training Facility will house the entire football department, including the club’s Academy.
The new facility will include: First Team and Academy natural pitches, a Covered Dome and outdoor 3G Artificial Pitches; rehabilitation areas, grid layouts and goalkeeper training areas; Ground keeping management facilities and security cabins.
The Community Sports Complex will use the power and vision of QPR in the Community Trust to forge stronger and deeper connections within our local community.
QPR CEO, Philip Beard, added: "This will be a long-term benefit to the Football Club and QPR in the Community Trust.
"It will enable us to compete and attract the best players, and that applies equally to the young Academy players.
"It will mean that we can offer the best training, coaching and fitness facilities, to the benefit of both the Club and the local community."
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