St. George’s Park
October 9, 2012 by staff
St. George’s Park, Football Association chairman David Bernstein has described the opening of its new centre of excellence as an “historic” day for the English game. The £105m St George’s Park complex in Staffordshire will house all 24 England teams, from junior to senior levels.
“We have to get more players through who can be full England internationals and this is where it will happen,” Bernstein told BBC Radio 5 live. “So much work has gone into this for so long and to see it now is fantastic.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were given a tour of the park
The 330-acre site was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were given a tour of the park.
Prince William, who is president of the Football Association, said: “Coming here and seeing these wonderful facilities gives me the same feeling as when I first went to the Olympic Park.
“It gives me great pride we have created in this country facilities that are beyond compare anywhere else.
“St George’s Park is a concept totally new. It will provide more than just world-class facilities for our national team and more than a university from which hundreds of coaches will graduate.
“It will provide employment and a social hub for local people and will foster community spirit and purpose and hope throughout England.”
England’s players are using the facility for the first time this week as they prepare for their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland.
Aimed at raising standards of play at all levels, it will provide a centre of excellence for training coaches and for sports medicine, sports science and psychology.
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