YOUNGSTERS took to the turf at St George’s Park at the weekend as part of a Prince’s Trust Team programme.
The national football centre welcomed the budding footballers for a day of coaching by managers from the League Managers’ Association (LMA) including Dave Bassett, Iain Dowie, Nigel Worthington and Keith Curle as various teams competed in a two hour tournament on the indoor pitch.
St George’s Park chairman, David Sheepshanks, was full of praise for the community initiative and spoke of his ‘delight’ for the new project and all those involved.
He said: “With our heavy emphasis here on coaching and personal development, it is enormously gratifying to see St George’s Park being used by LMA and The Prince’s Trust to host this brilliant initiative.
“I have seen at first hand in my career so far just how extremely effective they can be in helping to transform young people’s lives, restoring personal confidence and self-esteem, and propelling them back into mainstream employment.
“We are delighted with whatever small part St George’s Park can play in terms of inspiring this process.”
Dan Goldsby, 19, from East Staffordshire, spoke about his experience.
He said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to play at St George’s Park and we’ve really enjoyed ourselves today.
“Our manager made us feel positive and motivated and I’ve loved every minute.
“There are no words to describe the fact that I’ve played football on the same pitch as the England team.”