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Sport students visit FA Centre of Excellence

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Sport Diploma students were some of the first students to spend a day at the new FA Centre of Excellence at St George’s Park, East Staffordshire.

St George’s Park will be the training base for the 24 England teams, but is also the home of FA Learning, the Football Association’s educational department. The centre will run national coach education courses and communicate ‘The Future Game’ philosophy, which outlines a vision for the development of English football.

The centre includes 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 one elite DESSO training pitch which is an exact replica of Wembley. Players, coaches, guests and athletes from other sports will have the opportunity to access the very best medical and sports science facilities on site.
Nigel Ballard, Sport teacher, comments: “This was a fabulous opportunity for College students to be amongst the very first visitors to the new FA Centre of Excellence at St George’s Park. It enabled them to witness first-hand the elite provision for the various England Squads, and take part in an excellent high-level coaching session on the same pitches used for training by our elite players. An inspirational trip.”