Kate and William now Open England training Centre

Kate and William now Open England training Centre

  • Posted: Oct 09, 2012
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William and Kate this afternoon officially opened the England training centre.

Opening the centre, William and Kate were given a tour before joining the England squad and manager Roy Hodgson on a training pitch. The royal couple chatted to players including Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole.

Afterwards, the Duke of Cambridge, who is the FA’s president and a keen Aston Villa fan, made a speech in which he said he felt the same sense of pride and excitement at seeing the new facilities as he had when he visited the Olympic Park in London earlier in the year.

He added: “It will be far more than just a world class training facility for our future world-beating national team. It is more than just a university from which thousands of highly qualified coaches will graduate. It is also a magnificent example of the sort of social initiative that brings opportunity and purpose to wider British life.”

David Sheepshanks, who has overseen the project for the Football Association, said the aim is to make St George’s Park a beacon for nurturing and educating the best coaches and players in the country.

“I have no doubt that this will improve our chances of winning a World Cup,” said Sheepshanks, chairman of St George’s Park

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