St George's Park, the FA's new National Football Centre in Burton Upon Trent, has hosted its first training course.
Eleven years after the 330-acre site was first acquired, the FA this month welcomed the first group of coaching candidates to St George’s Park (SGP) as part of their UEFA 'A' Licence course.
19 coaches had the privilege of utilising the new £100 million facility - described by former FA Technical Director Howard Wilkinson as "the Oxford and Cambridge University of English coach education" - as they completed Part Two of the 'A' Licence course - the highest practical coaching qualification on the coaching ladder.
Candidates had first access to a number of the 12 full-size training pitches as well as the full-sized indoor 3G pitch named after former England Manager, Sir Alf Ramsey.
The FA’s Director of Football, Sir Trevor Brooking, believes the coaching courses delivered at St. George’s Park will play an important role in the communication of The Future Game, the FA’s playing philosophy published in 2010.
“To achieve technical progression, we need all those involved in the game, at every level, to help communicate The Future Game philosophy. The new facility will be significant in doing so,” explained Brooking, who has an office at the new centre alongside England Manager, Roy Hodgson, Under-21s Head Coach, Stuart Pearce, and Hope Powell, Women’s National Coach.
The inaugural SGP group enjoyed eight days of practical and theory sessions delivered by the FA’s Coach Education Manager, Steve Rutter, including the evolving role of the modern-day number 9 and 10, the holding midfielder, as well as positional fluency; all aspects of The Future Game philosophy.
All future national coach education courses will be held at SGP, providing a base for the further development of the FA Youth Award and other additions to the FA coaching pathway including positional specific courses and the Elite Coaches’ Award.
St. George’s Park’s impressive suite of facilities also includes a grass replica of the Wembley surface, an indoor Futsal sports hall as well as multiple gymnasiums, rehabilitation, medical and sports science areas.
To book a place on an FA Coaching course please visit the official SGP website.
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