Queens Park Rangers unveil plans for new training ground

QPR announce plans to develop a new state-of-the-art training facility at Warren Farm in time for the 2013-14 season

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Chief executive Philip Beard believes the new complex will attract world class players to QPR

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Tony Fernandes believes Queens Park Rangers have taken a “huge step” towards a better future after the London outfit announced plans to develop a new state-of-the-art training ground facility at Warren Farm on Monday.

QPR, who secured their Premier League status on the final day of the season, have been named as the preferred bidder for the 63-acre site in Ealing.

The site is set to be transformed into a multi-purpose elite training facility ahead of the 2013-14 season, subject to a successful planning application.

The new training ground would include first-team and academy natural pitches, a covered dome and outdoor 3G artificial pitches, rehabilitation areas, grid layouts and goalkeeper training areas.

“We are absolutely ecstatic and must thank everyone involved in the process, especially David Leed (CYD Projects Ltd) who oversaw the bid, for their tremendous support,” said QPR chairman Fernandes.

“This decision means we are now in a position to build a new state-of-the-art facility which will enable us to attract, retain and train world class talent.

“The community package that will accompany this facility will additionally deliver great benefits for those in our local boroughs.”

Fernandes added: “We said when we arrived here that we wanted to build this club for the future and this is another huge step in the right direction.

“We already have a first class senior management team in place, with Mark Hughes at the helm, and the recent appointment of our new Technical Director, Mike Rigg, is further testament to what we are striving to achieve here.

“Clearly though, to achieve such goals, a new training ground facility is paramount so we are absolutely delighted.”

The proposed Warren Farm complex will also host a Community Sports Complex, and QPR chief executive Philip Beard added: “This will be a long-term benefit to the football club and QPR in the Community Trust.

“It will enable us to compete and attract the best players, and that applies equally to the young academy players.

“It will mean that we can offer the best training, coaching and fitness facilities, to the benefit of both the club and the local community.”

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