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Outdoor centre all set to open at St George’s Park

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

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PLAYERS will soon be able to take a unique break from training at the national football centre – by making use of climbing towers, high ropes and even laser combat at a new outdoor leadership centre.

Chiefs at St George’s Park revealed they were opening a new facility at the £105 million site, which will include a 12-metre climbing tower, high ropes and an extensive range of low ropes activities, as well as up to 15 different leadership and team exercises.

There will also be space set aside to include an archery range and laser combat section.

The new outdoor leadership centre, designed in partnership with learning and development experts Grahame Robb Associates Ltd, who will also operate the centre, is due to officially open in June.

St George’s Park chairman David Sheepshanks said: “We are committed to developing winners.

“Be it in sport, business or our daily lives, we are challenged with barriers that prevent us from achieving our goals.

“This new outdoor leadership centre will help equip those who visit us with the decision-making and delegation skills needed to succeed.

“The centre will be used by development teams and countless other sporting organisations and businesses alike, which regularly come through our doors to utilise our world-class facilities.

“Not only will the centre help develop winners with integral leadership skills, but it has everything in place to be able to help challenge whether a team’s commitment, trust and risk-taking meets the requirements of their role. It will help our clients learn key teambuilding skills for everyday working life.”

Grahame Robb Associates Ltd, who own and operate an additional site at Wokefield Park, in Berkshire, have worked with other major businesses including HSBC.

Rick Chattell, site director for Grahame Robb Associates Ltd at St George’s Park, said: “The outdoors provides an excellent platform for developing individuals, teams and organisations and St George’s Park provides the perfect setting.

“We want to encourage people of all abilities and any background to push their limits.”

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