Work to begin on National Centre

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. Building work is due to finish in the summer of 2012 with the FA aiming to use it as a coach education centre. “St George’s Park will be a world-class facility,” said National Football Centre chairman David Sheepshanks. “St George’s Park won’t be an instant panacea for all the ills of English football, but it will be a catalyst for a step change in the way we educate our coaches.”