Golf course to be built at England’s national football centre

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim August 18, 2015 12:15

The Football Association’s £105 million national football centre, which is also the location for the next Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) conference, is to build a golf course.

St George’s Park in Staffordshire had been criticised by former England captain Steven Gerrard as being ‘boring’, and the centre’s managing director has confirmed that plans are now underway to build a nine-hole golf course at the venue.

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“We have been working on plans including the provision of a golf course,” said Julie Harrington.

“We have a long-term vision of how to improve and develop the site further.”

Officials from St George’s Park have been liaising with East Staffordshire Borough Council.

The 330 acre site opened in 2012 as a national base for all 24 England football teams at various levels, and includes a grass replica of Wembley.

It is thought the nine-hole golf course will be built to the rear of the grounds.

Steven Gerrard said he thought the complex needed a golf course to help overcome the “shyness” in the England squad.

“It’s an unbelievable site but they need to be a bit more realistic around it,” he said. “They need to make it a little bit friendlier for the players.

“It’s a top place to train and prepare but away from training pitch and the games, it can be boring. We need to create that atmosphere where England players are desperate to get away and do well.

“When you get to England, you want to have your lunch and go to bed and keep away from everyone because there’s a shyness. There needs to be an England atmosphere when you turn up and you know each other, you want to be with each other.”

Speakers at the GCMA conference this November will include England’s 2003 rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward and the 2015 European Solheim Cup captain, Carin Koch.

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim August 18, 2015 12:15
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