Football development centre unveiled

Wales manager Chris Coleman will be at the launch Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

UEFA football chief Michel Platini is in Wales today to officially open the new Wales national football development centre.

Dragon Park, in Newport international Sports Village, boasts two premium grade grass pitches and one third generation (3G) artificial pitch and a state-of-the-art headquarters building with changing rooms, training recovery zone and an administrative base for the Welsh Football Trust.

The first phase of Dragon Park, which has cost almost £5million, has been funded with investment including £2million from UEFA, £750,000 each from both the Football Association of Wales and Sport Wales, and around £400,000 through FIFA programmes.

The centre aims to improve the standard of football at all levels in Wales and will also be home to referees' training and be used by foreign academies and training for visiting professional clubs.

Wales team manager Chris Coleman and former players including Ian Rush and Neville Southall will be at the launch.

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