THE national football centre near Burton has been earmarked as a key component in helping England become a ‘world force’, according to top bosses.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke described St George’s Park as ‘fantastic’ and revealed that the £105 million would play a vital role in helping England become the ‘best of the best’.
His comments come following several visits to the centre and part of his agenda to make sure that the country is a ‘world force’ by 2022.
He said: “In St George’s Park we have the most fantastic facilities.
“However to maximise what they can offer the England teams we must ensure we have the best of the best when it comes to specialist performance areas such as medical, sports science, psychology and analysis.”
In Burton, St George’s Park chairman David Sheepshanks will oversee major investment in coach education - with the best coaches passing on that knowledge to the young players Mr Dyke might hope to see achieving success in 2022.
He said: “St George’s Park will play an enormous part in achieving what Greg has set out and also in developing that next generation.
“First and foremost it was always to be the national football centre.
“If you imagine any top club in the world operating without its own training centre you would say this was unthinkable and yet England had been expected to all these years.
“England’s football team has, metaphorically, been living out of a suitcase and that is not conducive to good international team development.
“The Football Association has put its marker down.
“It has invested £105 million in building St George’s Park and a whole lot more money in investing in the right people to run this.
“The objective is to create a new generation of more technically gifted players and, every bit as important, a new generation of decision-making players.”
This comes only weeks after the centre celebrated its first anniversary with a visit by England captain Steven Gerrard.