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Populous designs training centre for Hebei China Fortune Football Club

Populous designs training centre for Hebei China Fortune Football Club
January 27, 2017

The Hebei China Fortune Football Club (CFFC) of the Chinese Super League has announced plans for a new professional training centre designed by global sports architects Populous.

Resulting from nearly two years of research and planning, the training base for one of China’s biggest clubs will be the first within the local football industry to cater for all playing levels - from the youth training academy right through to the reserve and first teams.

Located in the north eastern port city of Qinhuangdao, CFFC owner the China Fortune Land Development company is one of a number of Chinese football club owners committed to building the game, with Club Chairman, Zhao Hongjing speaking about their desire to ensure their long-term success.

Hongjing stated “looking all over the world, whenever there is a powerful football club, there is always a complete set of infrastructure to back it up.

“Both the club and head coach (Manuel) Pellegrini take the construction of a youth training system very seriously, and we believe that it’s like a football philosophy and strategy, just like that practiced by the youth training echelon of FC Barcelona.

To be located in Gu’an County of Hebei Province, approximately 50 kilometres south of Beijing, the training base will include 12 FIFA standard football fields, a training hub, medical centre, hotel and apartment, gym and all the support facilities.

Populous Senior Principal leading the design team, Andrew James, sees the development as marking an exciting time for the company with the football world closely following the growth of the game in China.

James stated “this facility has been benchmarked against the world’s best training centres, with a focus on the European football model.

“CFFC spent 12 months visiting some 20 football training centres in Europe and provided us with an extensive design brief of their requirements.

“Our task was to assimilate all their technical requirements into a design that was functional, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. We have set out to create an environment where the footballers love coming to work, to train, to socialise, to enjoy themselves.”

For Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini the training base is a very important platform for the development of the Club over the next decade.

Pellegrini concluded “we will build-up an entire youth training system here. If there is not a good training base, all the other things will not make any sense.”

Populous has designed innovative facilities for professional football clubs right around the world, from national venues like Wembley Stadium, new homes for English Premier League clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, to FIFA World Cup stadiums in Brazil and South Africa.

Construction on the training base will begin in early April and is expected to be completed by mid-2018. 

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