New England home gets completion go-ahead

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The Football Association has approved plans for the next stage of development at the National Football Centre in Burton.

FA officials pushed the move forward on Thursday and the multi-million pound work will begin in January at the St George's Park site.

The final phase is predicted to be completed in the summer of 2012 and will home all England teams in the future.

FA board member and chairman of the National Football Centre board David Sheepshanks said:"St George's Park will be a world-class facility providing top-class education for future generations of English football coaches.

"It will also be an internationally-leading sports medicine and performance research centre; a training home to enhance international team development and an inspirational hub for everyone involved in football from the grassroots to elite.

"Today's decision means that we can open in 2012 and help to deliver the first exciting legacy of a golden summer for sport in this country.

"St George's Park will be accessible to all, aspirational, educational, sustainable and iconic – a truly national centre for our national game, in the heart of England."

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