The Louis Blériot training centre of Stade de Reims
Among legendary football clubs in France, the Stade de Reims stands in good a position. With 6 national titles, the club based in the city of Reims was the main club in France in the 50s and 60s when it accumulated many trophies and reached the European Cup final twice. The club has since then stepped back but remained in professional football and 1st division in the last few years.
To initiate growth and progression, and perhaps get back towards the top of French football, the club made a large investment for the start of the 2014-2015 season. Indeed, the Stade de Reims players entered that season their brand new training centre, the Centre Louis Blériot, indispensable to the progression of the club. This new tool enabled to gather all the components of the club under one roof. It is also one of the most advanced and modern training centres in France. To achieve this, an investment of 8 million euros was undertaken.
One of the main features of this training centre are the two synthetic turf pitches. One is used for some training sessions of the professional squad, very useful during harsh weather and when it is feared that the natural grass pitches will be damaged. The second one is used for competitive matches for the youth categories.
For the rest, the Centre Louis Blériot features:
- 8 training pitches spread over 13 ha:
– 1 plain field for training
– 1 goalkeeper training area
– 1 grass field for professionals
– 2 grass fields for grassroots
– 2 grass fields for youth academy
- 2 Competitive pitches:
– 1 natural grass
– 1 synthetic turf
- 1 building of 3300 m2 over 2 floors consisting of:
– Areas reserved for professional players
– Premises reserved to professional staff
– Medical centre
– Training facilities and youth academy facilities
– Catering for 100 people and accommodation for the academy (28 beds)
– The headquarters