Our burgeoning Academy and its elite Category One status within the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) structure was one of the key factors in triggering the development of brand new state-of-the-art training facilities.
And impressive progress at Bearwood Park continues to be made.
Phase One of the development was completed this summer and the pitches are ready to play on. The first team christened the show pitch upon their return to pre-season training in the first week of July.
Some younger age groups are due to begin using the facility later for training sessions planned for this month with competitive lower age group games also scheduled to take place on the morning of Sunday 22nd September, when Tottenham Hotspur will take us on at levels ranging from Under-9 through to Under-15.
So with the very first part of the club’s transition between Hogwood Park and Bearwood Park now imminent, our Academy staff were given a preliminary induction on site earlier this week.
The sun shone down on a beautiful Bearwood as Chief Executive Nigel Howe and Academy Manager Ged Roddy spoke to the coaches, physiotherapists, operational, administrative, educational and recruitment staff.
They introduced the history and heritage of the site, highlighting just some of the impressive features its design will incorporate, whilst also stressing that people remain at the heart of our Academy operation and it will be the responsibility of those working for the club to draw the best from these new surroundings and encourage our young players to thrive in their magnificent new environment.
Head of Academy Elite Performance, Ed Franklin, then took the group on an extensive tour of the pitches, walking the routes that coaches, players, parents and visitors will take when they visit Bearwood Park in the coming weeks.
In the background, the First Team and Academy buildings continued to transform as Phase Two of #ProjectBearwood continues apace. And there is still work to be done - so our more senior Academy teams as well as the First Team and staff will continue to call Hogwood Park their home until next season.
But our Bearwood beginning is about to take another significant step forward…