Edukick Manchester at the England Training Ground
This week the Edukick Manchester players received an invite to the England base camp, St Georges Park. With the big freeze in the UK it wasn’t quiet the planned day, however the players still got to walk the corridors and see the facilities that England top players have graced, and learn so much more about the investment in the English game.
The Edukick team initially were invited to the home of the England team by the PFA. With the academy’s close link with the PFA and following on from a number of successful PFA education sessions in the northwest, the invite spread to the PFA in the midlands for the team to attend a coach education course as ‘the team to coach’. Sessions were due to be delivered by a number of current and ex professional players, one of which was Ricardo Fuller, Ex-Premier league star and Jamaican international who had delivered a session the week prior to our Ellesmere team. Unfortunately the UK big freeze had got the better of the course which had to be cancelled and rescheduled for the new year at last minute, however not to be beaten by the weather the EduKick team still made the trip south to St Georges Park where they were warmly welcomed by the staff and given an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the impressive £105 million, 330 acres training facility.
The facility set in the Staffordshire countryside, is the home to England’s 28 national teams. With 13 outdoor pitches, including a replica of the Wembley surface, a full-size indoor 3G pitch sanctioned high enough by UEFA to host international fixtures, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas, and an indoor futsal sports hall. St. George’s Park provides world-class facilities for all England teams ahead of international fixtures.
Home of FA Education and all FA national coach education courses whilst the EduKick side were onsite the English referees were at the facility on a CPD event. St. Georges Park is the base for the England DNA philosophy, which outlines a vision for the future England teams and players.
Sports science and performance is integral to St. George’s Park. Perform at St. George’s Park is a bespoke sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility which combines cutting-edge technology with elite medical expertise, not only do the England and other UK football teams use this facility, but a number of sports in the UK now use this top performance facility, with Andy Murry, UK tennis star and twice Wimbledon champion visiting just weeks prior.
The Edukick academy side were able to see where Barcelona had trained during pre-session and shown the impressive Hilton Hotel, which boasts a magnificent England manager’s suite and when the England side are together, is a private hotel for the stars.
The amazing talent that has been on display at the facility is evident with the signature wall. All top athletes who visit the site are asked to sign the wall, with the likes of Harry Kane, Messi and all the England managers on there, it was evident to see St Georges Park is held in high regard not only by England football, but the wealth of visiting talent from around the world who come. Many overseas teams use the site for pre-season, and currently championship side Burton Albion use it as their training ground.
A fantastic experience for the Edukick boys once again, a trip to remember. A big thank you to all the staff at St Georges Park for their welcome, and hopefully the January arrivals of players will have the chance to visit when the PFA session is re arranged.
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