Royals Open National Football Centre

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will officially open the new National Football Centre in Staffordshire later.

Prince William and Kate will be at St. George’s Park in Burton, which has taken over 11 years to build and cost over around £100m.

It will be the base for 24 England teams of all ages, including the senior team, who are currently there preparing for their World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland. The overall aim is to help the country produce the best young players and coaches.

Wolves Academy Manager Kevin Thelwell told us how clubs across the West Midlands will be able to benefit from it:

The site will also be a centre of excellence for training coaches and for sports medicine, sports science and psychology. It includes 11 training pitches, 5 of them with floodlights and under-soil heating. One of the pitches is for the senior England team and it’s set out to the exact dimensions of the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

It also has a multi-sport indoor hall for Futsal, netball, badminton and football pitches for the partially sighted and a training hill, which is positioned at a 20 degree angle to improve fitness and conditioning. Among the other facilities are high-tech gyms and hydrotherapy suites, a full size 3G artificial pitch indoors with space for 200 spectators and there’s a 60 metre running track and 2 hotels.

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