July 25 – French champions Paris Saint-Germain have been given the green light to develop a new training centre that would cost the Ligue 1 club a reported €250 million.
PSG’s current training complex is housed near Saint Germain-en-Laye east of the French capital, but the club has long wanted to build a new and more modern centre. Poissy was earmarked for the construction, but environmental and administrative approvals had blocked the development.
Completion was initially scheduled for 2021, but that date has now been forced back to the summer of 2022. PSG were given the go-ahead after a public enquiry in the spring this year.
The new facility will span 17 hectares, including 17 pitches, and with the new centre the club will aim to match the training complexes of some of Europe’s best teams. Parisian architects Wilmotte & Associés will design the complex.
“As soon as the site was chosen, the club began working with the local authorities, namely Poissy town council, the Grand Paris Seine and Oise urban community, and the Yvelines Departmental council,” a PSG statement read. “Discussions were initiated with the local inhabitants from 2017 onwards, in a bid to open up a dialogue, enhance the project, and form long-lasting relationships.”
Poissy is located within a half-hour journey of the Parc des Princes, PSG’s stadium. The training centre will also house a 3,000-seater stadium that will play host to PSG’s women’s team as well as venues for martial arts and handball.
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