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Ancient to modern gives signings hopes big lift

training groundWest Ham have finally arrived in the big league and it’s the Rush Green Training headquarters that have proved it.

Attracting top players to the club is now very much a reality with a facility which can compete with the best in the the Premier League.

Nobody will come up front and say so publicly but it’s a fact of Hammers life that a number of players have been lost once they had been down the cul de sac and into Chadwell Heath trainng headquarters of which Portakabins are a feature!

rushgreengym726One source said to us: “That was always a worrying and embarrassing situation – escorting them down that cul de sac and into Chadwell really didn’t feel very 21st century.

“The upgrade to Rush Green gives them everything they could want and with a state of the art stadium in which to performa ¬†we have really levelled the playing field between ourselves and every top club.”

It really is great news to see the players’ day to day working enviroment upgraded to this extent and the club believe the quality of players we will now attract will indeed be dramatically increased.

One former playeer told us: “It’s a massive leap for the club. Chadwell has never been the best but Rush Green has everything any modern professional could want. It has to help our signings situation.”

Our picture shows the Chadwell Heath Training Ground and below the magnificent new gym at Rush Green .

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7 comments on “Ancient to modern gives signings hopes big lift

  1. I’ve been in Spurs new training centre, just days before it opened. Believe me, from the (admittedly) few photo’s I’ve seen of Rush Green, any player using training facilities as the deciding factor between joining us or the spuds will choose them 100%. Not a criticism by the way, just reality. It still looks more professional than CH!

  2. Well at least the hut is an upgrade to the portacabin !

  3. The problem is, to get a training ground up there with the ‘big boys’ you’re looking at 2 – 3 Bacca’s, serious wedge!

  4. I take it that the picture of the hut is CH as the sign still has Alpari & the old crest.

  5. Might be an upgrade to our old one but not any where near some of the top European clubs,
    Don’t think any of the top players will sign for our training camp luxury,
    But they will be attracted to our new ground and our way of playing,

  6. How big is Rush Green? Does it incorporate the Ford ground? If not, it looks very small; signifiantly smaller than Chadwell H.
    You can easily see both on Google Earth…. You can zoom in and even see the bulldozers at Rush Green presumably preparing the pitches etc

  7. Its confusing because Google Maps refers to the right hand side as WHU, and the left as Ford Ground. But, if I am correct, WHU bought the whole ground from Ford in 2009…

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