When the Football Association purchased a 330-acre site on the outskirts of Burton-Upon-Trent, France were reigning World and European Champions.
The year was 2001 and, as France reaped the dividends of their national football centre in Clairefontaine, opened in 1988, the FA had a vision of creating their own.
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Leicestershire club AFC Barwell are looking forward to brand new football facilities following the award of a massive grant from the Football Foundation.
The £463,282 funding boost will allow the club – whose website is powered by Club Website – to build a new sports pavilion and a drainage system at their Dovecote Way home.
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.
The FA and Budweiser have announced that the US firm will invest £1m directly into grassroots football in the UK over the next two seasons as part of their FA Cup sponsorship.
The new initiative, called ‘Budweiser Club Futures’, will help to fuel this grassroots support, giving 16 grants of £50,000 to non-League clubs across Steps 5-7 of the English football pyramid over the next two years.