Things to know about the Cobham, Chelsea Training Ground

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Chelsea training ground, Cobham located in Surrey was not opened for the first team until 2007. The team trained previously in Harlington owned by Imperial College since the 1970s and later in Surrey village of Stoke d’Abernon from 2005.

After Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003, he considered a new Chelsea training ground as an important part of his ambitious project. The project was approved in 2004.

The Academy and the Community Pavilion for the youth team were added in 2008. Jose Mourinho was the coach at the helm when Chelsea moved into the facility.

An expanded first team facility and gym, medical team facilities, offices were added in 2014. The training facility is reported to cost around £20 million.

The Development

The Cobham training center was developed by a Manchester-based architecture company, AFL Architects. The company is responsible for the design of the Lusail Stadium in Doha that will host the World Cup in 2022. When completed, it will be the largest stadium in the world with a capacity of 80,000.

Lusail Stadium in Doha
Lusail Stadium in Doha

They also designed the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium in Turkmenistan. It hosted the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in 2017.

 Ashgabat Olympic Stadium
Ashgabat Olympic Stadium by AFL Architects

The design

The complex occupies 140 acres of land. It has 30 football pitches and three of them have underground heating. Six of them are designed to the Premier League level. Adequate natural lighting was achieved using glass roof light.

Other features are a media center, indoor artificial pitch, a sauna, steam room, gyms, cold immersion pools, hydrotherapy pool. The facility also has 16 changing rooms, equipment stores, support recreational, welfare facilities.

There is also a press room that can accommodate many journalists. The women team of Chelsea football club trains and plays their home games there.

How Chelsea training ground ranks among other teams

The Cobham training center is one of the best in England and Europe. The modern gym, poo,l and relaxation pods serve to help players regain their fitness. The different pitches such as the artificial turfs with undersoil heating mean that players can train at different seasons

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