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National Football Centre comes a step nearer

The FA has announced they have been granted planning permission to create a National Football Centre at St George’s Park.

In a huge milestone in the FA’s plan, East Staffordshire Borough Council have approved the scheme which will see the building of a world-class coach education and training facility, sports injury and research centre and a top hotel on the site in Burton-upon-Trent.

Sponsored by Umbro St George’s Park will significantly boost grassroots football providing accessible pitches and facilities to benefit the local community.

The site will also be the training home for the England Senior team and 21 other squads supported by The FA.

Commenting on the FAs plans England Manager Fabio Capello said: “The venue will be an inspirational site, a place for coaches and players to work, learn and develop.

“This is a much needed facility and through my own experiences at Coverciano in Italy, I understand the importance of the Centre for England.”

Joint Acting Chairman of The FA David Sheepshanks said: “We are very pleased to have completed this important phase and to have received the approval of the local authority. We are very grateful for such strong support, and we will continue to work closely with the local Burton community and surrounding area on what is a project of real local and national significance.

“The planning permission enables us to move towards crystallising the tendering and funding arrangements for this enormously important education hub for football.”

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