Watford Training Ground

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Watford Football Club Training Ground
Location St Albans
Hertfordshire, England
Coordinates 51°42′38″N0°16′48″W / 51.71056°N 0.28000°W / 51.71056; -0.28000 Coordinates: 51°42′38″N0°16′48″W / 51.71056°N 0.28000°W / 51.71056; -0.28000
Owner University College London (UCL)
Type Football training ground
Watford F.C. (training) (1999-)

The Watford Football Club Training Ground, is the training ground and academy of the FA Premier League club Watford F.C.. The centre is located on the University College London Union (UCLU) Shenley Sports grounds, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, situated between the Arsenal Training Centre and the de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre. [1] The current Watford Training Ground was previously used by Arsenal F.C. until 1999 when they moved to their nearby own facilities. [2]

A training ground is an area where professional association football teams prepare for matches, with activities primarily concentrating on skills and fitness. They also sometimes form part of a club's youth system, as clubs consider it important to have good facilities to aid the development of young players.

In sporting terminology, a youth system is a youth investment program within a particular team or league, which develops and nurtures young talent in farm teams, with the vision of using them in the first team in the future if they show enough promise and potential, and to fill up squad numbers in some teams with small budgets. In contrast to most sports in the United States where the high school and collegiate system is responsible for developing young sports people, most football and basketball clubs, especially in Europe and Latin America, take responsibility for developing their own players of the future.

Watford F.C. Association football club

Watford Football Club is a professional football club based in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, that plays in the Premier League, the highest level in the English football league system. Founded in 1898 by the amalgamation of West Herts and Watford St. Mary's. After finishing the 1914–15 season as Southern League champions under the management of Harry Kent, Watford joined the Football League in 1920. The club played at several grounds in its early history, before moving to a permanent location at Vicarage Road in 1922, where it remains. Watford spent most of the following half century in the lower divisions of The Football League, changing colours and crest on multiple occasions.

With an approximate area of 83,000 m², the centre is home to 4 full-size natural grass training pitches, 1 full-size artificial turf training pitch, 2 seven-a-side natural grass football pitches as well as a service centre with gymnasium, press rooms and medical facilities.

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  1. Watford Football Club Training Ground
  2. Callow, Nick (13 March 1998). "Revolution shakes the Gunners". The Guardian. London. p. S8.