Watford are set to redevelop their training ground with the additions of a medical centre and rehabilitation pool

Watford's London Colney training ground. Picture: Action Images

Watford's London Colney training ground. Picture: Action Images

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The Hornets are in discussions with Hertsmere Borough Council about redeveloping the club’s training ground facilities – which would include a medical centre and rehabilitation pool.

New changing rooms, offices and a gym would also be built as part of the work at their London Colney training complex, which is owned by University College London and leased on a long-term basis by the club.

Watford have already started work on two new ‘stadium-quality’ pitches on the site.

The pitches will cost around £500,000 and should be completed in time for pre-season.

The Golden Boys have used neighbouring Arsenal’s facilities in the past when poor weather has affected the surface at their training ground.

So the club decided to install two training pitches which will have improved drainage and will, it is hoped, mirror the quality of the surface at Vicarage Road.

The work will involve new drainage systems being installed before gravel, sand and then turf are laid.

It should reduce the impact of adverse weather conditions and also make the pitches flatter.

The clubs owners, the Pozzos, want to build the infrastructure around the club in a self-sufficient way whilst chasing promotion to the Premier League.

The new East Stand is progressing and should be ready for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

It was decided last month the structure would be extended the full length of the pitch, as the previous plans would have seen it finish close to the penalty spot at the Vicarage Road end.

The extension work should start in a few weeks time and will increase the capacity of the stand by a further 800 seats and to more than 3,000 in total.

As for other sections of Vicarage Road, we understand Watford plan to meet with stadium construction company Centerplate shortly to discuss plans.

Centerplate acquired catering company The Lindley Group last year and the two businesses are in charge of all of the food and drink sold by Watford throughout the stadium.

One of the topics which will be discussed is the South-West Corner. Centerplate took over the project management of the development earlier this season but work has not been taking place as the East Stand has been the club’s priority.

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9:25am Fri 11 Apr 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

I really couldn't thank the Pozzo family enough for everything they've done and everything that they continue to do. We're in incredibly capable hands.
I really couldn't thank the Pozzo family enough for everything they've done and everything that they continue to do. We're in incredibly capable hands. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 64

9:42am Fri 11 Apr 14

rayman01 says...

Yes...exactly. I'd rather have the Pozzos than the guy at Leeds. Whether or not you make EPL you still need professional set-up AND infrastructure. Luv the Pozzos and the Horns!
Yes...exactly. I'd rather have the Pozzos than the guy at Leeds. Whether or not you make EPL you still need professional set-up AND infrastructure. Luv the Pozzos and the Horns! rayman01
  • Score: 34

9:44am Fri 11 Apr 14

watford4ever says...

This is such a good sign of owners investing for the long term. We might struggle to understand some of the decisions around the players we buy, loan etc but generally we are in such a better place than we have been since Elton sold.
This is such a good sign of owners investing for the long term. We might struggle to understand some of the decisions around the players we buy, loan etc but generally we are in such a better place than we have been since Elton sold. watford4ever
  • Score: 37

10:59am Fri 11 Apr 14

neilhorn says...

seen a few on here saying 'Oh the Pozzos will bale out if we don't get promoted by next year' If you where planning to do that though, would you build a stand and spend half a mil on training facilities?
Best owners in the division
seen a few on here saying 'Oh the Pozzos will bale out if we don't get promoted by next year' If you where planning to do that though, would you build a stand and spend half a mil on training facilities? Best owners in the division neilhorn
  • Score: 26

11:15am Fri 11 Apr 14

jasonwatford says...

They have big plans , Even in this day and age you cant have it all at once , so infrastructure is one thing we have never really had. It has always been seat of your pants stuff ie that's a good idea lets do it !!! Work has already started at the training ground and in 18 months time it will be fantastic
They have big plans , Even in this day and age you cant have it all at once , so infrastructure is one thing we have never really had. It has always been seat of your pants stuff ie that's a good idea lets do it !!! Work has already started at the training ground and in 18 months time it will be fantastic jasonwatford
  • Score: 22

11:25am Fri 11 Apr 14

pstannard4 says...

Stadium East stand
New Infristucture at London Colney
Challanging promotion to the Premeir League (This season is a blip)

Well done the Pozzos. Something we wouldn't ever be talking about if we still had that bankrupt Baz still owning the club.

UP THE HORNS..
Stadium East stand New Infristucture at London Colney Challanging promotion to the Premeir League (This season is a blip) Well done the Pozzos. Something we wouldn't ever be talking about if we still had that bankrupt Baz still owning the club. UP THE HORNS.. pstannard4
  • Score: 21

4:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

StewartScullion says...

Agree with all thats gone before
This season may be a disappointment
However our last 2 promotions were one season
Only.Maybe next time it will be built on firmer foundations
Agree with all thats gone before This season may be a disappointment However our last 2 promotions were one season Only.Maybe next time it will be built on firmer foundations StewartScullion
  • Score: 3

4:41pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Dutch Hornet says...

As with anything you build you have to first have the foundations. What is being developed is tremendous for a club like Watford - a small regional club unlike many of the bigger city clubs that have attracted new owners over the past 10 years or so,
From the grass banks of the Shrodell stands to a redeveloped stadium, top class training facilities on the horizon, a global scouting network, multi million Pound players on the books (deeney and Abdi) that the club does not have to sell to survive..... I guess we are not doing too bad. Grazzi Snr Pozzo
As with anything you build you have to first have the foundations. What is being developed is tremendous for a club like Watford - a small regional club unlike many of the bigger city clubs that have attracted new owners over the past 10 years or so, From the grass banks of the Shrodell stands to a redeveloped stadium, top class training facilities on the horizon, a global scouting network, multi million Pound players on the books (deeney and Abdi) that the club does not have to sell to survive..... I guess we are not doing too bad. Grazzi Snr Pozzo Dutch Hornet
  • Score: 7

4:47pm Fri 11 Apr 14

njbhorn says...

Helps when a new player might be signing to show then around decent facilities. Well done Pozzos.
Helps when a new player might be signing to show then around decent facilities. Well done Pozzos. njbhorn
  • Score: 7

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