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Queens Park Rangers (QPR) Football Club have announced that the London Borough of Ealing has approved a planning application for their new training ground and community sports facility at Warren Farm, south-west London.

This is an important step forward in the club’s desire to develop a first-class facility to benefit the club’s youth development and the local community.

Les Ferdinand, QPR’s Director of Football, said:

This is a vitally important project for the club and one in which I will have a hands on role.

We are working closely with Populous and Ealing Council to ensure QPR has a state-of-the-art facility that brings the First Team, Academy and Community together in a unique hub.

QPR has always been a club that takes pride in its local community and we will ensure that bond is strengthened with this exciting move to Warren Farm.

The project, developed by Populous, will have cutting-edge facilities, including:

• A two-storey elite training facility
• 11 elite training pitches
• A three-storey multi-functional operations building
• A 60m x 40m indoor hall building
• A single-storey community pavilion
• 11 community pitches
• 3 cricket wickets
• Hard and soft landscaping
• A single-storey ground maintenance building
• 263 permanent car parking spaces


Design by Populous

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Portsmouth FC to build new city-based training ground

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English soccer side Portsmouth FC ‘Pompey’ have announced plans to build a new training facility in the city on the site of the Roko Health Club.


The project will initially include the creation of two and a half new training pitches, a fitness suite, and offices for football department staff, while the existing changing rooms and player lounge will be refurbished.


Pompey has finished as high as eighth and won the FA Cup during their Premier League years but they have never had a training base to call home. That is all set to change with work well underway on a new facility at Roko Health Club on Copnor Road.
Manager Andy Awford is delighted the Club will finally have a training ground of their own:
All the places we’ve been over the years have been fantastic, but we need somewhere that we can call our own. I remember doing one pre-season down on Southsea Common when I was a player and hopefully that’s something we won’t have to do again. We won the FA Cup when we were based out of Eastleigh, but it was never really ours and this will be. Having our own place will give us a renewed focus and help us continue to rebuild this club.
It won’t be a case of us pitching up at Roko – this will be Portsmouth Football Club’s training ground. We tried to move the academy base here a few years ago, but then we went into administration and those plans got shared. But we were able to pick those up again and adjust them for where we are now and what we want to achieve.
Pompey plan to move into the new base during next season, but Awford has refused to set a date. He said:
It’s important that we don’t move until everything’s ready – the pitches, the changing rooms and the gym. The whole environment has to be right and if we have to wait an extra month then that’s what we’ll do. When we finally do walk through the door then it will be a fantastic venue for us.
Pompey’s Chief Executive, Mark Caitlin, has described the launch of the new training ground as, ‘One of the most significant investments in the club in almost a quarter of a century’.
A 30-year lease has been signed with Roko to use the Copnor Road fitness centre, which will give the club a permanent training base in the city for the first time since the 1980s.
Speaking after the club unveiled its plans, Catlin explained the new facility would initially have two-and-a-half pitches – laid to the same specification as the Fratton Park surface – a new fitness and medical centre, changing rooms and a compound for the ground staff and machinery.
He said:
This is massive for the football club. The board has shown its commitment to creating a future legacy of this club with a significant six-figure sum. It is without doubt the most major infrastructure investment in the club since the Fratton End was rebuilt in the 1990s. The fact we have been able to make such an investment just one year into community ownership is incredible. As a club we all owe a debt of gratitude to the chairman, board of directors, individual presidents and the PST for making this dream a reality.
I believe that the club has never really had a training ground it could call its own and I am very proud that we have finally put that right. It will make us a far more attractive proposition to prospective signings.
As a result of this deal the club will have a training ground facility which will compare favourably with most in Leagues One and Two and many in the Championship.
Catlin revealed the training ground had been financed by a combination of investment from individual presidents – including a substantial contribution by lifelong Pompey fan Ian Silvester – and share capital raised by the Pompey Supporters’ Trust. He also explained that the investment won’t stop there:
The next phase of this project is to take up an option on two further pitches to the east adjacent to the railway line and bring our youth academy down here. That will be a significant project in its own right. We are already looking at raising further capital to put towards this goal and the club will be launching an innovative crowdfunding project later in the summer to hopefully get the funds in place for work to start early next year.
Pompey will continue to use the facility at the University of Portsmouth until the new Roko site is completed.
A pdf of the new training ground’s site plan can be seen online on the Club’s website.

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.