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The EFL Championship team Queens Park Rangers F.C. (QPR) officially opened its new training ground at Heston, Hounslow, UK, recently and it proved to be a successful afternoon as the club’s owners, bondholders, former players, and staff enjoyed a tour of the fantastic new facility.

‘QUEENS PARK RANGERS’ stated that building of the training complex got underway in February 2022 and the state-of-the-art facility is now ready.

The Queens Park Rangers Football Club, commonly abbreviated as QPR, is a professional football club based in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, England (UK). The team competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

The 18,439-capacity Loftus Road Stadium is a football stadium in White City, London, England (UK), which is home to the Queens Park Rangers. In 1981, it became the first stadium in British professional football to have an artificial pitch of Omniturf installed. This remained in use until 1988, after which a natural grass pitch was reintroduced.

The English Football League Championship, known simply as the Championship in England and for sponsorship purposes as the Sky Bet Championship, is the highest division of the English Football League (EFL) and second-highest overall in the English football league system after the Premier League, and is currently contested by 24 clubs.

‘QUEENS PARK RANGERS’ further stated that following speeches from Chairman Amit Bhatia and the head honcho Lee Hoos, the former player and Manager Gerry Francis spoke passionately before cutting the ribbon to officially declare the site open.

Said Francis, “After having a 20-year association with the QPR as a player, Manager and fan – and my two sons going through the QPR Academy – I can’t emphasise enough how important for the future of the club this facility will be. I wish everyone connected with QPR every success in the coming years.”

Les Ferdinand, who announced he was stepping down as the Director of Football recently, was also in attendance as a guest of the Board. An emotional Ferdinand spoke to the gathering of more than 200 people to explain why he had made the decision to leave, and to wish the club well for the future.

The Head Coach of Queens Park Rangers, Gareth Ainsworth, also spoke about the importance of the new facility and how it can not only help the club develop players but also attract new talent.

Former ‘R’s Ian Gillard, Roger Morgan, Paul Goddard, Kevin Gallen, and Richard Langley – all who had come through the youth system at QPR to play for the first-team – were given a tour, along with everyone in attendance as the club showcased its fantastic new facility.

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