Crystal Palace seek new training ground site in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 17:24 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:24 01 February 2016
Club chairman Steve Parish is asking borough residents to come forward with potential locations
Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says he is desperate for the club to keep its base in Bromley, but finding available land in the borough is a major challenge.
Although its home ground is in Croydon, the club’s training ground and academy are based on split sites in Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, but Parish says that Palace have outgrown their modest surroundings and need to find a new site on which they can build a world-class facility.
Now he is appealing to people within the borough to help find a prime location.
“We want to stay in Bromley, we are committed to the borough because so many of our supporters are based there, but the question is, can we stay?” he said.
“We are the club with the 28th biggest turnover in the world, but we don’t have the 28th best facilities, and finding land for our academy is proving to be one of our biggest challenges.
“It would be easier to move away from Bromley and find land elsewhere, but we want to stay, we want to maintain an inner city presence.
“There are a few options we are still working on.
“If any of your readers know of a site we’d love to hear from them.”
Parish said that growing the club’s fan base was one of his biggest priorities, in terms of both rekindling the interest of former supporters and attracting new ones.
He said the club had sold more than 30,000 replica shirts in the last year – a sign of the growing support for Palace.
He told the Bromley Times at the end of last year that he was keen to see the Eagles spread their wings further into south London, with the borough of Bromley being a particular point of interest.
“We want to create a focal point for south London - we’re the only club south of the river so we feel we’ve got huge potential in terms of our catchment area,” he said.
“We need to improve our infrastructure if we want to improve and be taken seriously.
“There are 2.4 million people in south London, we should be able to get more than 26,000 people through the door.”