Although Madejski Stadium is undoubtedly the home of Reading Football Club, its heartbeat is at our training facilities where our senior and Academy teams put in the hard yards.
Find out more about our sites and what kind of work goes on at each.
Originally rented from the army, the Royals moved their training efforts to the Hogwood Park location in the summer of 2009 - thanks to the initiative and support of Sir John Madejski.
The venue boasts training facilities throughout the club from the Under-9s to Under-23s. The Under-16s and Under-18s both play their home fixtures at Hogwood, and a number of Under-23 fixtures and friendly fixtures take place here. All matches at Hogwood Park are behind closed doors, and not available to the public.
With a gymnasium, admin offices and pitches of all sizes, the training ground is certainly all-encompassing and caters for all necessary requirements. Scholars' classrooms, analysis rooms and a media room have also been implemented to further the venue's improvement.
However a new dawn is approaching and as of the summer of 2019, work is continuing apace at our new Bearwood training facility.
The natural evolution of Reading FC has seen it outgrow its Hogwood Park home and with the club’s ongoing investment in the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) structure for elite Academies, new training facilities are necessary to sustain Category One Academy status and meet the growing everyday demands of a progressive football club.
The site at Bearwood Estate was identified and contracts were initially exchanged with the Royal Merchant Navy School Foundation for the purchase of nearly 120 acres of land on Friday 11th October 2013.
The Bearwood facility will be the new home to our first team, young professionals, Academy players from the ages of 8 to 18, our coaching staff and management team as well as a large proportion of the club’s permanent staff. Plans were drawn up and openly exhibited to supporters and local residents in the Mosaic Room at Bearwood College in December 2013, at which point the public were able to view the plans for the first time, discuss aspects of the scheme with members of the Club's appointed development team and provide valuable feedback.
Permission to develop was then formally requested and in April 2015, the club confirmed that Wokingham Borough Council had resolved to grant planning permission for the development of the new facility. The new site plans to host three full size first team pitches which will be designed to mirror the exact dimensions of Madejski Stadium, a floodlit all-weather surface and a goalkeeping practice area.
It will be home to a purpose-built first team building and a separate Academy facility as well as a number of various other ancillary buildings. The development of the site will also involve extensive landscaping of the park and the refurbishment of a number of existing buildings.
When Reading FC Women reached the Women's Super League in 2015, they soon moved their training hub to Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, near Marlow.
As well as being the home of England Hockey and boasting state-of-the-art facilities for sports such as tennis and golf, the centre is also home to sports rehabilitation and strength and conditioning centres.
Our women's team have access to three state-of-the-art football pitches: a Desso pitch, a grass pitch and a 3G pitch, all of which are frequently used by professional national and international teams.