From the Times report, The English Football Association board has unanimously approved the development of an elite training centre for the national team in Burton-on-Trent.
The state-of-the-art complex will be a training camp for the England team at all levels and a base for the residential training programme for FA coaches.
It has (actually) nothing to do with the new appointed England manager Fabio Cappelo so the FA decided to build the new ground.
Their original plan was initially drawn up in 2001 to place England’s facilities on a par with those in France, Germany and Italy, but was mothballed during the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.
No wonder the England national team has not reach any significant success they deserve all these years. It is a bit funny where the mother of football has no decent training facilities.
“I’m delighted that the board has given the green light for a National Football Centre,” Brian Barwick, the FA chief executive, said as quoted from the Times.
“This is a major step forward for the project. There was general agreement within the board that a National Football Centre would be a major asset in the development of players, coaches and referees in this country.”
The development of new training ground is to believe will costs at around £80 million from the original estimates of £50 million. £20 million already spent on acquiring the land and laying out eight floodlit pitches of the 350-acre site.