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Burton centre finally gets go-ahead

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Plans for the Burton centre were unveiled as far back as 2001

Building work on the National Football Centre in Burton will begin in January, the Football Association has announced.

The FA board has unanimously approved plans for the much-delayed centre and also agreed to underwrite it financially to the tune of 105m.

The building work is due to be completed in the summer of 2012.

FA board member and chairman of the National Football Centre board David Sheepshanks said: "St George's Park will be a world-class facility."

Will the centre help English football match the levels of coaching excellence enjoyed by the likes of France and Spain?

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posted Nov 18, 2010

Too little too late for my generation. Perhaps when I am in my 60's will start seeing the benefits. I was doing Bobby Robson and Bobby Moore sponsored training camps at Kendal FC back in 83. That's 27 years without a national academy and don't think any of the lads that were doing that course are playing even amateur footy. Hope it works but we need the right coaches. If Chris Waddle and Stevie Mc as well as people like David Beckham are involved it could be great.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

Burton is doddle to get to. Getting in and out of major cities is a bloody nightmare.

If you can ignore the smell of bovril Burton is a very accessible part of the country.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

Excellently-timed announcement! Let's defer from the debacle last night and focus on the good! I wait with anticipation with what the FA announce when we next get humiliated in our own backyard ...

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posted Nov 18, 2010

As for the coaches arguement, the coaches will travel where the players are.

If they players are in Burton so will the coaches. The main training and sports uni loughborough which is not that far away.

It is easier to get to burton from north london than it is to get from north london to south london.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

Might it have been better to build 10 centres at 10m each rather than 1 at 100m? Regardless of how 'easy Burton is to get to' and how it's located in the centre of the country, it's still going to be rather difficult for players and coaches to get there on a regular basis.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

This is madness!

We had a national academy at Lilleshall National Sports Centre and Howard Wilkinson closed the School of Excellence in favour of a club based system. Lilleshall is still there and the facilities are still available. Lilleshall produced players like Sol Campbell, Nicky Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Andy Cole, Joe Cole, Jermaine Defoe, Scott Parker and Wes Brown to name a few.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

About time too!

Not that it matters much but even talking as a midlander, the location perhaps should well have been Watford or somewhere. It's nearer where many footballing people and infrastructure is.

&The benefit of a Cumbrian etc getting to Burton rather than the South East isn't exactly worth shaking a stick at.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

Step in the right direction but needs new faces to run it.
If Clemance etc are involved it will be money down the drain.

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posted Nov 18, 2010

This will only work if the youngsters are being coached right. It's no good spending all this cash for them to be taught to play football like they did yesterday.

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posted Nov 19, 2010

They need a new head of coaches preferably foreign one to coaches on short-term basis until an Englishman can take over, NO MORE stupid sport science based coaching by John Peacock and his buddies. We need proper coaching.

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