Monday, 20 May 2013

A visit to St. George's Park, Burton upon Trent

At the entrance for St. George's Park

On Friday, I was very lucky to be able to visit St. George’s Park, which is in Burton Upon Trent.

St. George’s Park is the new FA National Football Centre which is situated here in the West Midlands. It is the home to all 24 England teams (I had no idea we had so many England teams!). However, it is so much more than that.
Talking to the staff at the centre, you learn that this is a focus on all areas of the game, from coaching upwards.
It is not just football either – with various sports, for example Rugby or Hockey, being able to use the facilities they have at this site.
This centre was first thought of in 1975, and was opened in October 2012 and is highly impressive. The centre itself is set over 330 acres of land, and has created around 275 jobs. 

Much of the work here will develop over the next few years as we focus on our young aspiring players and their technical development. 

As an MEP for the region who has been heavily involved in grass roots football locally, it is fantastic to see this focus on the young people in the game. Hopefully this will produce us a World Cup winning team of the future.
It was fantastic to be given an insight into the work being undertaken at St. George’s Park and I am very proud that this centre is based here in the West Midlands.
In the first team dressing room     

Indoor hydrotherapy centre

The fantastic display in the football centre reception

Standing with the picture of Kenny Dalglish