Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Royals target new training base

Reading are planning to improve their training facilities

Relegated Reading are pressing ahead with plans for a new training ground, with a deal agreed in principle with Bearwood Golf Club.

The Royals' return to the npower Championship was decided with three games to spare, but owner Anton Zingarevich remains committed to improving the club on and off the field.

"We are striving to improve all aspects of the football club and have agreed in principle a contract with Bearwood to purchase land and build a new training ground, subject to planning permission," chief executive Nigel Howe told the club's official website.

"Bearwood is one of a number of sites we have looked at and of course there is a long way to go before anything is confirmed or any work can begin.

"As a club we aim to build, evolve and succeed so we need to move away from the current site at Hogwood, which we have outgrown.

"With the plans we have in place for the first team facility, and our desire to have the best possible academy, this is a vital step and if all goes well then it can only be of benefit to the football club."