Port Vale: Club forges new links with national training centre at Burton
MICKY Adams has welcomed a move to strengthen Port Vale's links with the National Football Centre in Burton.
The squad have trained at St George's Park several times recently, but chairman Paul Wildes has now struck a deal to use the facilities on a regular basis.
The Vale boss says it's good to have another option.
"It's arguably the best training facility in the country and it's great to have this opportunity," he said.
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"It's not a full-time arrangement, but it does give us another option when the weather is bad or we are unable to train on our own pitches.
"It also enables us to utilise top training facilities, which is welcome when we don't have our own training ground."
Vale have the option to train there several times over the next few weeks and will also use it during pre-season.
They can use the centre once a week from the start of the 2013/14 campaign and on a more regular basis between November and March.
Wildes said the deal was good news for the club.
"Most Football League clubs have been hit by the bad weather in recent weeks, so we welcome this longer-term arrangement with St George's Park," he said.
"Having visited the facility last week, I have been very impressed with what they have to offer and hopefully that will benefit Micky and the squad."
Julie Harrington, managing director of St George's Park, said: "Our under-soil pitches have stood up to some adverse weather conditions in recent weeks and that allows us to be really accessible to clubs when they can't train on their own pitches."