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FA chairman hails St George's Park as 'momentous occasion'

The opening of St George's Park is truly a momentous occasion in the history of the FA.

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.

We are particularly delighted that both the Duke and Duchess can join us to open this facility.

– David Bernstein, FA chairman


St George's Park: In pictures

The Indoor Training Pitch at St George's Park Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
A general view outside the hotel reception at St George's Park Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
David Sheepshanks, chairman of St George's Park, overlooks the England Training Pitch Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Groundstaff prepare for the Royal visit Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
St George's Park's hotel reception Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
England pictures on the wall in Hotel bar Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
The Hydrotherapy suite has a main pool, ice bath and Jacuzzi Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire
The FA coaching conference Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

William and Kate to open St George's Park

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will open the Football Association's new national training complex today.

William and Kate will be given a tour of the training complex Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

William and Kate will be givena tour of the £100 million St George's Park site in Staffordshire which aims tobe a centre of excellence for training football coaches.

The royal couple will step onto a practice pitch to meet England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad who arepreparing for their 2014 World Cup qualifier against San Marino on Friday.

Hope Powell, England women's national coach, and a number of players from the England women's team will also meet the Duke - the FA's president - and his wife during their tour.

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