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Bearwood public exhibit

4 December 2013

Training ground plans

Reading Football Club is inviting our supporters and local residents to attend a Public Exhibition to view the emerging proposals for a proposed new training and academy facility at Bearwood Park, Wokingham.

The exhibition takes place from 10am to 4pm this Saturday 7th December in the Mosaic Room at Bearwood College, Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5BG.

During the exhibition fans and residents will be able to view the latest plans and discuss any aspect of the scheme with members of the Club's appointed development team. Car parking is available and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Background: On Friday 11th October 2013, we exchanged contracts with the Royal Merchant Navy School Foundation ( for the purchase of nearly 120 acres of land in Wokingham for the club’s new training ground.

The site at Bearwood Estate will be the new home for both our first team and Academy, and plans have already been drawn up for 15 pitches on site, with purpose-built indoor facilities. The conditional contract will be finalised on the receipt of planning permission, and a full planning request will be submitted to Wokingham Borough Council in the near future.

We have been at our current Hogwood Park facility since 2004, and with the natural evolution of the club and our investment in the new EPPP structure for elite Academies, a new training ground is seen as a hugely positive step in the right direction.

The Club went on record to thank the Foundation, and in particular Secretary Charles Heron-Watson, for their professionalism and assistance in getting the process to this stage. Both parties believe this is a very positive step for the club, the Foundation, our Academy and indeed the local community.

The Foundation said, ‘this sale will form a major part of the Trustees’ strategic decision to realise their substantial land holding by providing the funds necessary to focus on the Foundation’s charitable work, which is supporting the education of their beneficiaries in particular by helping them obtain employment.’

Directions to the College (from M4)
1. Head northeast on Exit 10
2. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for A329(M) / Reading (E) and merge onto A329(M)
3. Take the exit toward Winnersh / Woodley / Earley / A329
4. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Wharfedale Road
5. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A3290
6. Slight left toward Lower Earley Way N/ B3270
7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Mill Lane

Please enter the College through the Main Entrance where staff will be on hand to direct you through to the Mosaic Room.

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