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St George’s Park set to be officially opened

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By Adam Mazrani

Tuesday 09 October 2012

After an extremely long road that has spanned over 10 years, England’s national football centre at St George’s Park near Burton-on-Trent will be opened on Tuesday.

A view of St George's Park

The £105m complex is awaiting the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who will deal with the formalities of officially declaring the base for all of England’s 24 senior men and women’s sides, as well as youth teams, open.

According to the London Evening Standard , St George’s Park will also act as a venue for the training of coaches, for sports science and psychology as well as sports medicine. David Sheepshanks, the chairman of the venue, was keen to stress the latter point when speaking to the press.

How do we prepare players better mentally and psychologically?” said Sheepshanks. “How do we instil the discipline in players so that they take more personal ownership of their own career development, how do we train players to have that extra bit of puff to make that last attacking run that scores the winning goal, or the last-ditch tackle that saves one?

The venue is built along the lines of France’s heralded Clairefontaine academy that built France’s success at the end of the 1990s, as well as Barcelona’s La Masia complex that paved the way for both the Catalan club’s and Spanish national team’s success in recent years.

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