The soon-to-be true home of English football, Saint GeorgesPark in Burton is to be handed over to the Football Association today.
It will be the base for all England teams of all ages, tookten years to build and cost more than £1hundred-million pounds .
The joint-acting Chairman of the FA said of the 330 acre site:
– David Sheepshanks joint-acting Chairman of the FA
“This is not about one World Cup, or one Euro game this is a long term investment in professional development for the whole of the game”
Dubbed the ‘university of football’ there are 11 full-sized outdoor pitches, including a replica Wembly pitchwith the same grass as the real thinglaid by the same companyusing the same techniques.
There is also a multi-purpose indoor sports hall and two hotels
The Park also boats a third generation astro pitch, unlike anything else in the UK, enabling football to be played in any weather condition.
There is also a ‘cutting edge’ sports science centre with hydrotherapy pools.
The idea of a National Football centre has been done before, the French Football Authorities opened their facilities in 1988 with Thierry Henry as a product of that very academy.
It is hoped that this new facility will produce similar footballing legends as its French counterpart has putting Burton on the map for producing some of 'the beautiful game's finest.