Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join FA in unveiling Burton upon Trent England training facility
THE Football Association has today unveiled a new national training complex in Staffordshire.
The £100 million St George’s Park site in Burton upon Trent will be home to all England’s 24 teams, ranging from junior to senior levels in both the men’s and women’s game.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the unveiling, where they met Roy Hodgson and his England squad, which includes Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross, as they prepare for their 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday.
FA chariman David Bernstein described the opening of the complex as a ‘truly a momentous occasion’ for the organisation.
“Next year we will celebrate the FA’s 150th anniversary, and this moment will be recorded as significant as any that has gone before us in the last 149 years,” he said.
“We are particularly delighted that both the Duke and Duchess can join us to open this facility.”
The facility, which covers 330 acres and has 11 external pitches, also has a number of dedicated practice, research and medical centres.