Beard: QPR’s plan would benefit community

QPR chief executive Philip Beard insists a new training ground for the club would benefit the local community.

Rangers are keen to leave their current base in Harlington for a new headquarters and their first choice is the site of the Warren Farm Sports Centre near Osterley Park.

QPR are desperate to leave Harlington.

Other interested parties include the wealthy owners of Southall FC, who will tell Ealing Council that local people would gain more from their proposed redevelopment than a training ground used exclusively by QPR.

But Beard said: “I’m looking forward to putting our bid to the people that will decide.

“I haven’t seen anybody else’s but I’m confident that ours is really strong and delivers on all the things we need to.

“The current plan is that there will be a very clear demarcation as the QPR training ground but our aim and intention – and I think a really good thing for us to be pursuing – is to develop some community projects as well.

“Our Community Trust is really important and does fantastic work. It’s a big part of our future plans.

“If we can put it alongside other community projects then I think we’ve got the best of both worlds, which is a first-class training ground which delivers something back to everybody in the area.”

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