Football Association Of Wales Opens New $7.6M Development Center In Newport
The FA of Wales has opened a new £5M ($7.6M) development center in Newport, Wales, according to the BBC. FA of Wales CEO Jonathan Ford hopes the new national football center "will produce future stars for the national side." The facility, called Dragon Park, "includes three training pitches, and will be a base for the Welsh Football Trust." Ford: "For the first time we have our own centre of excellence, our own national development centre and a facility which will be home to all the best coaches and players." The first phase of Dragon Park, situated at Newport Int'l Sports Village, "has been funded with investment" from UEFA, the FA of Wales, Sport Wales and FIFA programs. Newport City Council "has provided a 125-year lease for the development of the project on its land" (BBC, 4/20).