QPR finalises Warren Farm deal
by Jim Dunton Thu 9 January 2014, 5:00 pm
Ealing Council has confirmed that Queens Park Rangers (QPR) Football Club has signed a development agreement to redevelop the Warren Farm Sports Ground in Southall.
Under the deal, QPR will build a new multi-purpose community sports complex and elite training facility, which will provide a base for the club’s training academy as well as give local people access to high-quality community and sports facilities.
Improvements at the Windmill Lane venue will include enhanced football and cricket pitches, a new artificial turf pitch and multi-use games areas suitable for netball and tennis.
Ealing said the agreement would also provide a new changing block and bookable community space in the new clubhouse.
A Community Sports Development Programme has also been drawn up, which will see QPR offer a range of sports programmes for local people as well as other opportunities to take part in community activities.
QPR will be responsible for constructing, maintaining and operating the new facilities at the site.
Council leader Julian Bell said Warren Farm was in “dire need” of redevelopment.
“It is fantastic that QPR has committed to such a huge investment into the site,” he said.
“Signing this deal is the next step towards bringing Warren Farm back into use and transforming it into a thriving hub of community activity and sport."
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said the club was committed to building itself up “in the right way” and putting in place the foundations for future success.
“The academy is an important part of this, and this agreement is the next step in strengthening the long term prospects of QPR,” he said.
“We are delighted to partner Ealing Council and are particularly excited about playing our part in providing fantastic new sporting facilities for local residents, and to build on the excellent work of our Community Trust to strengthen our ties with the community and provide opportunities for all.”
QPR said it aimed to bring the new facilities into use next year.
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