Rush Green to receive further investment

chadwellThe Rush Green training facility will continue to receive investment to gradually make it a state of the art facility fit for the Hammers first team. Yesterday Jack Sullivan revealed Chadwell Heath would be kept and not sold off but our sources say the club will continue to invest in Rush Green.

Claret and Hugh’s most senior source told us this afternoon:

“We’ve spent £2.5m so far, it needs another £10m. Rightly or wrongly we’ve spent our money on players, but GRADUALLY we will upgrade Rush Green”

West Ham purchased the freehold interest in the 29 acre Rush Green Ford Sports Ground from the Ford Motor Company in 2009 for £1.4m with plans to transform it into the a state of the art training complex.

rushgreenWe remain some way behind our London Premier League rivals even after we invest £12.5m.

Spurs built a new training centre at their 77 Acre Bulls Cross site at a net cost of £30m. They have 15 grass pitches across the site including four dedicated solely for First Team Training and one and a half artificial outdoor pitches with floodlighting. It also has a pool and hydrotherapy complex, altitude room, large-scale gymnasium and specialist sports rehabilitation suites

The Arsenal Training Centre covers an area of 143 acres with ten full-size pitches which was build in 1999.

rg2Chelsea’s training centre in Cobham, Surrey is based on a 140 acre site and houses all of the club’s football activities, from the first team to the academy, reserve and women’s teams. It features the latest in training, rehabilitation, medical, pitch and media technology and includes 30 football pitches (three with undersoil heating and six to Premier League standard), an indoor artificial pitch, a media centre, a medical centre, gyms, cold immersion pools, a sauna, a steam room, a HydroWorx pool and a 56 ft hydrotherapy pool.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

12 comments on “Rush Green to receive further investment

  1. 30 acres seems plenty. Not sure why you’d need upward of 100 acres. As long as you have good indoor facilities with all the bells and whistles and a some quality pitches to practice on ( the underground heating is nice) then I’m not sure how much difference all the extra real estate makes. Players win games not the size of your training facility. Maybe somebody knows better and can correct me if I’m missing something here?

  2. I agree H4L .. 30 acres plus Chadwell Heath seams big enough to me. 4 pitches for the 1st team ? One and a half artificial pitches ?? I wonder if its the Left side of the pitch or the right side of the pitch 😀 😀

    • I don’t think you and hammer4life could be more wrong.

      29 acres is nowhere near enough if a club wants to have full state of the art facilities for all the teams it runs. We will forever be forced to have the club teams split between multiple locations which is not a good thing at all.
      It has to be better to have the age groups, development, ladies and first team squads all at the same location. Not only does it avoid duplication of facilities and equipment, it provides the opportunity for incidental and planned interaction between the teams. It is easier to develop one overriding philosophy and style at the club, while providing a daily incentive for younger players to see and aspire to the first team and build the multiple relationships necessary for ultimate teamwork across the club (playing, coaching, medical, nutrition and management etc).
      70 acres is probably the minimum, 100+ better. If you have all your teams in one place, you probably need several acres just for car parks, it doesn’t take much working out.

  3. They want to take a look into why we have so many injuries, if that is related to the practice pitches or some other part of the training facilities, spend the money to sort that out.

  4. Why would any team/club need 30 training pitches?? 140 acres..?? I guess just because they can. I read yesterday that chelski have no debt apart from an interest load of £980m to their sugar daddy. All the other London clubs mentioned have their fair share of injuries so can you blame the training facilities??. It might help get the players fit quicker i guess. The vast majority of injuries occur out on the pitch during matches. Yes we need to update what we have but lets not go overboard.

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