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QPR move forward with centre of excellence plans

QPR move forward with centre of excellence plans
Queen's Park Rangers FC have announced that they have made strides with the creation of a centre of excellence, due to be built at the team's new training complex in west London.

The Premier League side revealed that they have appointed the architects that were the masterminds behind the design of the Olympic Games stadium as well as Arsenal's Emirates Stadium to take on the project. QPR have noted that the training ground plans will create an "unparralleled centre of excellence" as they look to nurture the next generation of football stars that will be integrated into the first team squad and hopefully lead the west London side to glory within the coming years.

QPR currently train at the Imperial Sports Ground in Harlington but the club expects to move into the Warren Farm development prior to the start of the 2014/15 campaign. The team announced that Populous is their preferred architect and the firm has been chosen following the successful construction and impressive design of the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. In the past the company has been at the heart of other major stadium designs including the aforementioned Emirates Stadium, the New York Yankees' stadium as well as Sydney's Olympic stadium for the 2000 Games.

Philip Beard, QPR chief executive, said: "Having secured Warren Farm, we wanted to work with the best people in the industry to develop a training ground which will benefit not only the first team, but also the academy and the local community. Populous have great experience in this field and are the perfect fit for us."

QPR have been seemingly free-spending prior to the beginning of the 2012/13 Premier League season, bringing in the likes of Julio Cesar, Junior Hoilett, Park Ji-Sung and Esteban Granero, with the latter costing the club £9 million. However, these expensive purchases have so far not been adept at establishing QPR as a Premier League club as they are currently languishing 19th in the division with only a single point from their first three games.

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Date: 10/09/2012 16:03:35

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