Fulham Showcase Enhanced Training Centre
Fri 25th Nov 2016 | Football Stadiums & Facilities
Fulham Football Club has welcomed visitors to its Motspur Park Training Ground, showcasing its new and much enhanced elite training centre.
Improvements to the centre, funded entirely by chairman Shahid Khan, are in line with the club’s commitment to maintaining its EPPP Category One status.
Following an extensive build period and the collaboration of national and local governing bodies to achieve a state of the art complex, the amenities will be utilised by the First Team and Academy, but also by the wider local community.
An official plaque commemorating the occasion was revealed in the all-weather dome – a protected range of training pitches optimising year round use – by Richard Scudamore, Executive Chairman of the Premier League and Ged Roddy, its Director of Football Development.
Alistair Mackintosh, Chief Executive at Fulham Football Club said: “It has taken a lot of hard work from many people to deliver on the master plan for the Motspur Park facility and they all deserve our thanks.
“However, the principal driver behind all of these improvements is our Chairman, Shahid Khan, whose commitment to the Football Club reaches far beyond First Team football, but into the very heart of what makes Fulham so special; its commitment to the past, the present and the future.
“By generously funding the extensive project of works, the Fulham team has a first class facility to train, our envied Academy can prosper, and the community will benefit from the excellent programmes our Foundation delivers. It is an accomplishment everyone involved with the Club should be proud of.”
Huw Jennings, Fulham’s Academy Director, said: “Maintaining our Category One status has an immeasurable impact on the Fulham Academy and one that is vital to our future success.
“We boast many impressive accomplishments with player development at the Club over the seasons which would not have been possible without both financial support, but also the belief in our methods and values as an Academy, and these facilities and our Category 1 status are integral to ensuring we continue to progress.”
Utilising the training ground facilities, the club’s Foundation will deliver the practical element of its Football and Education programme, including, but not limited to:
- Walking Football
- FFCF Ladies team
- Premier League Kicks (weekly inclusion activity targeting local young people).
- Down Syndrome Team (DS Badgers)
- Deaf Team
- Girls Development Centre (targeting U12s and U14s)
- Football Performance Centre (including Goal Keeper School)
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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