The Cobham Training Centre at Stoke d'Abernon in Surrey, close to Cobham village is Chelsea FC’s official training ground. As such, it attracts fans from around the world and there are lots of Surrey hotels and guesthouses in the surrounding area for them to stay close to their favourite team's practice field. Whether you're a fan of the club, or indeed of football in general, the Cobham Training Centre is worth a visit just to say you've been there! It cost £20m after all, so there are a few basic facilities there.
Surrey Hotels for Chelsea FC's Cobham Training Centre
Roman Abramovich's purchase of Chelsea FC in 2003 and his injection of substantial sums into his pet project was the force behind the club's move from its old Harlington ground, where players had been training since the 1970s. Its facilities were by now pretty much outdated and compared badly with those enjoyed by other Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United. A move was well overdue, and manager Jose Mourinho and the new owner considered it an important investment for the club's fortunes.
Planning permission was obtained in 2004 and it was eventually opened in 2007. The following year the final phase, an Academy and Community Pavilion, was opened for use by the club's youth teams and as a part of the government's Football in the Community nationwide initiative. Because of strict planning rules, the Cobham Training Centre sits well in the local area, as you'll see when you visit from your Surrey hotel or guesthouse.
Cobham Training Centre from Surrey Hotels
From a local hotel such as De Vere Venues Horsley Park in nearby Guildford or the Warren Lodge Hotel in Shepperton you can easily drive along to Cobham Training Centre and appreciate the superior facilities enjoyed by this great team. The fact that great effort and resources are also directed towards the Football in the Community programme highlights means that this is not just an activity centre for millionaire footballers, but is actually putting something back into both the game and the community too. As such, the local and wider areas have benefited enormously, and it's certainly worth a visit.