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The new home of English football handed to FA today

The new 330 acre site is to be the new home of all English football Photo: ITV Central

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:

“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”

– David Sheepshanks joint-acting Chairman of the FA
Only months ago finishing touches were being carried out on the new facility Credit: ITV Central

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.

The astro turf pitch sporting technology unlike anything else in the UK Credit: ITV Central

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.

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