The work at Bearwood Park continues at pace, as buildings, training facilities and pitches start to take shape ahead of our club’s scheduled move in the new year. Week by week, we take a step closer to our move to the new training ground.
Following the completion of Phase One over the summer, where the pitches were laid and readied for action, some age groups from our Academy group are now already playing fixtures at the new site.
And the first-team, Women’s side and all Academy age-groups will call it home in 2020.
Now that we’re deep into Phase Two, where the all-important buildings continue to take shape, some of our longest-serving and most loyal supporters were given the chance to see the ongoing progress at our Bearwood site earlier this month.
Vice Presidents, Patrons and some key board members of Supporters’ Trust at Reading were guided around the facility by Ed Franklin, our Head of Academy Elite Performance, and our Chief Executive Nigel Howe, who have both been involved with the transition to our stunning new training facilities from day one and know as much as anyone about the impact that Bearwood will have on the future of our Academy.
It offered an opportunity for some of our club’s key stakeholders to see the site taking shape and to learn a little more about the intricate processes involved in a project of this size.
The tour included a look inside the Academy changing facilities, a glimpse from a safe distance of the building work on the administration buildings and first-team changing rooms, and even a chance to see some of our budding youngsters in training on a pristine pitch as part of their match preparation.