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Sport FA launches £100m football centre

Te Football Association (FA) has officially launched its new £100m National Football Centre in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. Named St. George’s Park,

the facility held its first full England national team training session on 9 October, which was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and FA chair David Bernstein. All 24 representat ive

England squads will make use of the 330-acre complex while the League Managers Association is to be headquar- tered at the site. It will also provide a base for training referees, admin- istrators and to provide career pathways into the game. Facilities include a full-sized, indoor 3G foot-

Te new centre was officially opened by the Duke of Cambridge Culture secretary Maria Miller, who also

ball pitch equipped with a viewing gallery for up to 200 people, a 60m x 40m multipurpose indoor sports hall, 11 full-size outdoor pitches and one elite DESSO training pitch which is an exact replica of the pitch at Wembley - the FA’s home ground. Tere is also a 25,000sq ſt, bespoke sports

medicine, rehabilitation and performance centre operated by Perform, part of Spire Healthcare. Accommodation at the centre is provided by a 142-room Hilton hotel and an 86-room Hampton by Hilton hotel.

attended the opening, said: “Te opening of St George’s Park is a landmark moment for foot- ball in this country, which will help strengthen our national game at all levels. Tis summer has shown the importance that sport has at the heart of the British nation. “It is through projects and investments such

as St George’s Park that the next generation of coaches can be identified and nurtured, help- ing to develop the England stars of the future. Good coaching is vital for a sport to grow and I am very pleased that government and the National Lottery have been able to invest £6m to help open up these fantastic facilities.” Details:

Funding boost for the UK’s deaf athletes

Talented deaf athletes will now have more chance of achieving their potential and winning medals at next year’s Deaflympics, thanks to a £125,000 grant to UK Deaf Sport, from Sport England. The investment wi l l

fund work to help individ- ual sports fully integrate deaf and hearing-impaired athletes within their develop- ment programmes. It will also enable the recruitment of a co-ordinator and performance manager to lead preparations for the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. Phillip Gerrard, chair of UK Deaf Sport, says

Te scheme will look to improve performances at the Deaflympics

this is a timely boost: “Te funding will also support our long-term aim of talent develop- ment in Deaf sport, which will see us working with national sports bodies to establish and

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embed deaf performance pathways.” Team GB’s impressive medal haul at the Paralympics has heightened the profile of dis- ability sport and the government has said it is committed to supporting disabled athletes. Details:

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