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AFL Architects have been appointed by Shanghai Kehua Football Training & Development Co. Ltd to design and develop a new Academy and Training Facility. 

The Academy aims to play its part in the development of football in Southern China and Shanghai in particular. It will incorporate facilities comparable with those available in Western Europe, providing academy-type training and medical facilities for all ages of students.

The facility will also include the latest in pitch technology and a mini stadium (initial capacity 5,000), as well as community facilities aimed at increasing the local population’s participation in the sport.

The project is aimed to start on site with the first installation of the playing surfaces during the Spring of 2016.

Phil Osborne, Director, AFL Architects, said:

We are delighted to be developing our partnership with Kehua in Shanghai and we look forward to participating fully in the development of football and the facilities required during this exciting time of increasing enthusiasm for the sport in the region.


Image: The training facility. Courtesy: AFL Architects

QPR training facility confirmed

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Ealing Councillors have voted in favour of granting planning permission for Queens Park Rangers FC to build a full multi-purpose Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex on the Warren Farm site.

QPR CEO Philip Beard said:

We are hugely grateful for the support shown by all parties, especially the local residents, who we hope will benefit extensively from the range of facilities and activities that will become available over the course of the coming years.

There is a lot of hard work ahead of us as we finalise the design details and tendering of the project, but today’s news is a massive step forward and a significant milestone for the club.

The Elite Training Facility, set to complete in time for the 2015/16 season, will house the entire football department. It will provide: grass pitches for the first team and academy, an indoor 3G pitch, an outdoor 3G artificial pitch, extensive gym, sports science and rehabilitation areas, Academy classrooms, a large number of changing rooms, media, catering and grounds maintenance facilities.

The Community Sports Complex will use the extensive experience of QPR in the Community Trust to develop participation programmes and forge stronger and deeper local connections.

The development will be designed to meet the Club’s professional training requirements, and will meet the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category 1 criteria, with a layout of natural and artificial training pitches and grids. These facilities will provide a platform for the development of home grown talent.

Community facilities will be developed in line with Sport England and National Governing Bodies standards. The community facilities and community development programme will be managed by QPR in the Community Trust.

The development will incorporate Secured by Design recommendations and will meet with the Council’s Sports Strategy and public sports participation targets.