FA unveil plans for new England headquarters
Published : 19 Jan 2010 14:03:55
Plans for a permanent training base for the England team - renamed St George's Park - were unveiled by the Football Association on Tuesday.
The 330-acre National Football Centre (NFC) in Burton-upon-Trent will feature 12 pitches - including one synthetic and indoor - plus sports medicine and sports science facilities, two hotels and a conference centre.
The scheme will fulfil a similar role to France's Clairefontaine and Coverciano in Italy, and England head coach Fabio Capello has backed the project that is finally taking shape eight years after it was first announced.
Capello said: "The venue will be an inspirational site, a place for coaches and players to work, learn and develop.
"This is a much-needed facility and through my own experiences at Coverciano in Italy I understand the importance of the centre for England."
The FA have already sunk £25million into the project since 2001 and the plans also include a private housing scheme for 30 homes near the entrance to the centre that will help plug a funding gap.
NFC chairman David Sheepshanks said: "Our aim is to make St George's Park a sporting destination of choice for coaches, players, administrators and officials alike.
"In Wembley we have a world-class stadium and in St George's Park we have the place to inspire world-class performance."
The League Managers Association have committed to making the new centre their future headquarters.