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Thursday 25 April 2013

QPR get green light for new training ground

'Landmark day' for club hailed with Ealing Council passing planning application at Warren Farm

  • The Warren Farm site will meet Premier League's Cat 1 EPPP criteria

  • Philip Beard, left, with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes, has welcomed the go-ahead

Queens Park Rangers have been given the green light to progress plans for a state-of-the-art training ground facility at Warren Farm, in West London.

Ealing Council granted planning permission for the club's proposal to build a multi-purpose Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex on the site and the club intend to begin works in the coming months, with the facility set to be ready for the 2015/16 season.

"Today’s news is a massive step forward and a significant milestone for the club"
Philip Beard

“This is a landmark day for Queens Park Rangers Football Club,” QPR CEO Philip Beard told the club website. “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 will house the club’s football department, including the Academy. 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, many changing rooms, media, catering and grounds maintenance facilities.

The development will be designed to meet QPR’s professional training requirements, and will meet the Premier League’s 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.

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. QPR in the Community Trust will also create a progressive programme of sporting, educational and social activities, leading to enhanced life experiences for residents in Ealing and its neighbourhoods.

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Key Points

  • QPR get approval to build state-of-the-art training facility
  • New site to be at Warren Farm, West London
  • QPR CEO Philip Beard calls it a 'landmark day' in club's history