The very moment our Chinese shareholders took charge at Reading Football Club, Mr Dai was direct and open in prioritising the development of our new training facility at Bearwood Park.
“Hogwood has been our home for 15 years, but Bearwood is bigger, better and so bold in the statement it makes to our supporters about this club’s aspirations,” explains Chief Executive Nigel Howe.
The natural evolution of our club has seen it outgrow its Hogwood Park surroundings and, as we continue to invest in the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan structure for elite Academies, new facilities became necessary to match the club’s ambition and objectives for the future.
The planning process was difficult and protracted and progress stalled at times but, in little more than two years at the helm, Mr Dai’s determination and vision has entirely transformed the promise of a modern purpose-built training facility for the whole club into a reality. His investment in the project has been extraordinary and it is now beginning to blossom.