The new Crystal Palace Academy training ground was opened in October 2021. A new rehabilitation centre with hydrotherapy pools and a sports science facility are both features of the site and are currently being built. Surrey Steels are delivering weekly to the site and are very excited to watch it progress.
Former Crystal Palace Academy graduate, Gareth Southgate, did the honours of officially opening the training facilities. The project cost the club £20m, which has been possible with investment from the new Crystal Palace owners since 2015. The plot of land, which is opposite the first team training ground in Beckenham, was bought in 2018. Planning permission was granted in March 2020 and it took 19 months for the first part of completion.
All Academy players are now able to train at the site, rather than being spread across multiple facilities. The new facilities include a full-size covered pitch, a full-size 3G pitch, a full-size ‘show’ pitch with seating for up to 500 spectators, and six grass training pitches.
Surrey Steels are delivering steels to site regularly for the construction of the rehabilitation centre.