QPR named preferred bidder for Warren Farm site
14:24 14 May 2012
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QPR are set to move into a new state-of-the-art training ground facility ahead of the 2013/14 season.
The club is the preferred bidder to a 200-year lease on the land, subject to successful planning application.
The new 63 acre site in Ealing will be developed into a multi-purpose Elite Training Facility and Community Sports Complex.
QPR Chairman, Tony Fernandes said: “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.
“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.
This marks the first step of Fernandes’ vision for the club.
“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,” he added.
“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.”
Rangers CEO Phillip Beard believes it will help the club attract players.
“This will be a long-term benefit to the Football Club and QPR in the Community Trust,” he added.
“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.”
Design work and site investigations will begin almost immediately.