Kate And William To Open England Training Centre

Kate And William To Open England Training Centre

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Kate And William To Open England Training Centre

From now on in England will have a state-of-the-art football training centre, costing £105m.

It will be at St George’s Park, just outside Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, boasts 11 outdoor pitches, world class gym and medical facilities, and will allow England teams to train on a pitch with the exact same grass measurements as Wembley.

From now on England has a training camp in the United Kingdom with the state-of-the-art equipment a swimming pool, a fully kitted out gym and of course a football pitch with grounds man from Wembley Stadium the grass is exactly the same as Wembley Stadium.

Physiotherapist will be able to monitor footballers progress by using state-of-the-art technology a hydrotherapy pool where players can run with underwater cameras monitoring their every move, relaying the pictures back to a nearby TV screen where they can be analysed by coaches.

It will be the training base for all 24 England football teams, male and female, ahead of international fixtures.

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.

“This is a 10-12 year play before we really see the benefits. This is intended to become the Oxford and Cambridge of football education. We’re trying to create a new generation of coaches who will be able to inspire a new generation of more technically adept players.

“In the Premier League it’s all about tomorrow’s result. This is a long-term play. Someone in the game has to take a long-term view and what a big statement this is from the FA.”

This seems very interesting, but I  personally do not know if any of the general public will be able to train their, I guess only the England camp .  There is also an oxygen chamber where England stars can train on bicycles, as if they were in a mountain range.

Famous sporting quotes from the likes of Mohammed Ali, Mo Farah, Ian Thorpe and Sir Clive Woodward are painted on the walls of the centre, providing motivation and inspiration for England’s finest.

Sir Clive Woodward, the last English manager to win a World Cup – albeit in rugby union – asks the question: “How do you want to be remembered?”

Sheepshanks is adamant that this massive investment in all aspects of the game will boost the country’s foot balling prospects.

“This is accessible to the world of football, to elite teams and local teams. What goes on here will permeate and cascade down to the grassroots, I’m convinced of this,” he said.

St George’s Park will also be made available for visiting countries and clubs who require a world class training facility while they are in the UK.

There are two hotels on the site providing more than 200 bedrooms, with pictures of England greats like Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves, Paul Gascoigne and David Beckham adorning the walls.

Critics will point out that Italy, France and Spain have all had similar centres up and running for decades, but if St George’s Park can reap the kind of results they have seen there will not be any complaints from England fans.

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