New facility

Wednesday 9 October 2002

Fulham Football Club's Academy has recently invested in a state-of-the-art airhall at the Club's Motspur Park training ground.

The temporary structure will provide the Academy players with a sheltered environment in which to train during the winter months, when training outside may not be the ideal option.

The airhall will be dismantled during the summer months, and then re-erected for the following winter.

Speaking to Fulham Today, Academy Director Steve Kean was delighted with the new facility.

"Having an indoor area is part of the criteria for having an Academy license," explained Kean. "I would say that only 50% of the Academies have such an indoor area.

"It means we can work with the young players in the evenings, especially when the clocks change and you start getting in to the winter months when it starts getting very cold.

"Sometimes the players are in one place, within a few metres, for a long time. So having this area makes it easier to continue to work on the technical side. If it's windy or pouring with rain, the younger kids would be absolutely freezing.

"Hopefully we'll be able to put the young boys in there and work on their technique."