Fulham’s training ground has been Motspur Park since 1999 after the Craven Cottage outfit bought it off the University of London. The school first opened the venue back in 1928 as a new sports ground.
The University of London built Motspur Park to provide its students a first-class sporting facility after buying unspoilt countryside. It also invested heavily in the creation of a top-draw venue that boasted the fastest athletics track in the county. Fulham also still have the sweep from the site’s cinder track.
Fulham have kept Motspur Park’s curved sweep around the arena pitch at their training ground. The Cottagers’ Under-23 team generally play their academy-level fixtures on the pitch. While their first-team squad and junior players have access to a number of further pitches dotted around the venue.
Fulham training ground name
The University of London named its sports ground, which is the training ground of Fulham today, as Motspur Park owing to its location in the Motspur Park suburb of New Malden, south-west London.
How many pitches are there at Motspur Park?
Motspur Park boasts seven pitches with Fulham having access to six fields and an arena pitch at their training ground. One of the six training pitches is an artificial surface for year-round usage. While the pitches that are designated only for first-team use at Fulham’s training ground have fibre-sand bases.
Fulham’s groundskeepers oversee major work each summer to maintain the quality of the pitches at Motspur Park. While the Fulham Women’s side also make regular use of the facilities at the training ground. The Cottagers’ Foundation further allows the Fulham Deaf team to make use of the facilities.
What other facilities does Fulham’s training ground have?
Fulham have invested heavily in adding state-of-the-art facilities to their training ground since buying Motspur Park in 1988. But one of the Cottagers’ first objectives was to remove the running track that sat around the venue. They would not move into the site, which originally sat at 28 acres, until 1999.
Various upgrades to the venue have allowed Fulham to strengthen their training ground and employ around 200 members of staff. It is far from the unspoilt slice of countryside the University of London bought for £18k. The school spent nearly as much again to level the site and improve the drainage.
Shahid Khan, Fulham’s owner, also funded the build of a new and enhanced elite training centre at their training ground in 2016. The project included the creation of an all-weather dome to house an assortment of pitches. It was initially built for the club’s academy teams and their foundation to use.
What is the address?
Fulham’s training ground: Motspur Park, New Malden, Surrey, England, KT3 6PT