National football centre – too little too late?

by Mystical Mike

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The FA have announced that building on the National Football Centre in Burton will begin in January, to be completed in 2012.

Building started way back in 2001, but due to the development of Wembley Stadium, which cost over 750m, it looked like the project would be scrapped altogether.

The football association finally gave the all clear after England’s poor display against France on Wednesday.

FA board member David Sheepshanks said: “St George’s Park won’t be an instant panacea for all the ills of English football, but what it will be is a catalyst for a step change in the way we go about educating our coaches.”

“If we get the maximum number of highly-qualified and adept coaches in this country at all levels, then the chances are they will inspire better players.

“St George’s Park will be a world-class facility,”

The centre will be modeled on France’s Clairefontaine academy and Italy’s Coverciano, both of which have produced world cup winners in recent years.

The centre will have the capability to employ 1,400 coach educators to train 250,000 coaches by 2018.

With a fully operational academy, will England be realistic contenders to lift the World Cup in 2018?

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