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Reading Purchase Land For New Training Ground

Wed 16th Oct 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Reading Football Club have announced the exchange of contracts on Friday (11th Oct) for the purchase of land which will become the site of the club’s new training ground complex.

The club have purchased nearly 120 acres of land in Wokingham from the Royal Merchant Navy School Foundation (www.rmnef.org.uk).

The site at Bearwood Estate will be the new home for both our first team and Academy, and plans have already been drawn up for 15 pitches on site, with purpose-built indoor facilities.

The conditional contract will be finalised on the receipt of planning permission, and a full planning request will be submitted to Wokingham Borough Council in the near future.

Reading have been at their current Hogwood Park facility since 2004, and with the natural evolution of the club and investment in the new EPPP structure for elite Academies, a new training ground is seen as the next step for the club.

“The Club would like to thank the Foundation, and in particular Secretary Charles Heron-Watson, for their professionalism and assistance in getting the process to this stage,” read a club statement.

“Both parties believe this is a very positive step for the club, the Foundation, our Academy and indeed the local community.”

The Foundation said, “This sale will form a major part of the Trustees’ strategic decision to realise their substantial land holding by providing the funds necessary to focus on the Foundation’s charitable work, which is supporting the education of their beneficiaries in particular by helping them obtain employment.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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