Queens Park Rangers have been given the green light to build a new £25 million training ground providing a glimmer of light in an otherwise gloomy season.
The club has gained approval from Ealing councillors and will press ahead with plans to create the Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex on the Warren Farm site in Southall. The state-of-the-art centre will house both the first team and the club's Academy player with some of the best equipment available in football. QPR confirmed that it will contain grass pitches for every level of the squad as indoor and outdoor 3G artificial pitches.
Players will be able to benefit from an extensive gym, sports science and rehabilitation areas to aid squad members which are coming back from injury. The R's are investing heavily in the future of the club with a number of Academy classrooms while there will also be significant improvements in terms of changing rooms, media, catering and grounds maintenance facilities.
The club is focused on not just providing a boost for its own players and staff but also benefiting the surrounding area. QPR in the Community Trust will launch a programme or sporting, education and social activities aimed at enhancing the lives of Ealing residents and those in the nearby suburbs.
Philip Beard, QPR chief executive officer, told the club's official website: "This is a landmark day for Queens Park Rangers Football Club. 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."
Despite the positive news it does not detract from the disastrous season that The R's are having on the pitch. Harry Redknapp's side currently lie 19th in the Premier League following a dispiriting 2-0 home defeat to Stoke City on Saturday (April 20th). They will be relegated this weekend if they lose to fellow strugglers Reading.
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