12:03 Friday 08 March 2013

Hotel at football centre named in UK top five

Written byHELEN KREFT

BURTON’S national football centre has been named as housing one of the top five hotels in the UK for sports fanatics by a tourism organisation.

VisitEngland has picked its top five UK hotels for sports fanatics and names Hilton at St George’s Park along with Manchester United’s Old Trafford Lodge, London Marriott Hotel Twickenham, The West Ham United Quality Hotel, and Holiday Inn Stratford City.

Talking about the hotel particular, the organisation said: “The hotels’ interior designs draw inspiration from St George’s Park’s footballing identity with limited edition prints, paying homage to greats of the English game, displayed both in guest bedrooms and around the hotel.”

It added of the new grounds: “Opened in August last year, this hotel is situated at St George’s Park at Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.

“The 330-acre park is the Football Association’s National Football Centre.

“St George’s Park is a world-class training facility and a national centre for sports medicine and science.

“It has a full-sized indoor third generation football pitch equipped with a viewing gallery for up to 200 people, a multipurpose indoor sports hall, 11 full size outdoor pitches and an elite training pitch which is an exact replica of Wembley.

“If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be an England player then book the England Experience. You’ll get a training session with a licensed coach, use of the England elite changing room and a tour of St George’s Park.”

THE official opening of The National Football Centre which took place in October, last year, was described as ‘one of the most momentous days’ in the history of Burton.

Prince William and Kate opened St George’s Park in a star-studded event which featured football luminaries including Sir Trevor Brooking and World Cup winner Gordon Banks.

The pair also watched the England senior squad train.

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