PICTURES: Palace Take Inspiration From Selhurst For Academy Training Pitches

1 Posted by - November 9, 2016 - News

Results may not have been going too well for Crystal Palace in the Premier League of late but thankfully, the club is still working hard to make improvements off it, as shown by the latest tweak made at the training ground which you can see on the link below.

These pictures show the re-named academy pitches at Palace’s Beckenham training base. A nice touch from the club.

Since winning promotion back into English football’s top flight in 2013, there have been a number of audible grumbles from fans suggesting that the cash-obsessed landscape of the Premier League has forced those behind the scenes to lose sight of our roots; an assumption that is directly contradicted by changes such as this at our training ground.

Of course, plenty will claim that the alterations are nothing more than a superficial olive-branch offered by the board in a bid to mask the lack of academy players making their way into the Eagles’ first-team but in such cases, it’s difficult to know how the likes of Steve Parish are expected to do right for doing wrong.

Having often been told by footballing neutrals that Selhurst Park is nothing more than a grubby shell situated in an undesirable corner of South London, I can’t help but feel pleased by this move from the club, regardless of how trivial some may find the nature of it. If nothing else, it’s emphasising that the ultimate goal of any young player on our books should be to progress to the first-team, which in essence can only be a good thing for their general mindset on a day to day basis.

It’s easy to brush over the dramatic improvements that have been made to the training ground in recent years but for those of us who truly care about the long-term success of the club both on and off the field, it’s fair to say that the board are doing a fine job of improving the facilities in which all of our players go about their daily work.

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