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SBD Global/October 9, 2012/Facilities
FA To Open New England Training Facility At St. George's Park
Published October 9, 2012
OFFICIAL LAUNCH: Prince William, who is the honorary president of the FA, will officially launch the new national facility after touring the site and meeting senior figures from the FA, local community figureheads and young grassroots players.The royal pair will also spend time with England Manager Roy Hodgson and his squad as they train at St. George's Park for the first time ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualification game against San Marino on Friday (FA).
OPEN DOOR POLICY: In London, Jamie Jackson was among several media members invited to St. George's Park Monday for a test of the "elite medical facilities." Jackson wrote that the medical complex is "not only impressive, but is also being billed as accessible for all." Managing Dir Julie Harrington said, "One of the things we want to achieve as an organisation is to be more open. We took a strategic decision that there isn't a big gatehouse that says 'You can't come in, it's England's training camp.' It's really important this is considered an open site and people are welcomed in, so other sports people and the general public can use the facilities (GUARDIAN, 10/8).