The 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.
We 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.
Chelsea’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.