Youngsters train like the stars at National Football Centre

September 29 2021
Youngsters train like the stars at National Football Centre

A GROUP of young footballers from Wells followed in the footsteps of their England heroes by attending a training day at the national team’s prestigious headquarters.

Wells City Under-13s visited the National Football Centre at St George’s Park in Staffordshire on Saturday, September 18, just two months after the England men’s team used the centre as their base during an historic run to the Euro 2020 final in July.

The 26 youngsters were given a guided tour of the £125 million centre, which features 14 outdoor pitches – including a replica of the Wembley surface – a full-size indoor 3G pitch, a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas, and an indoor futsal arena.

The Wells team were put through their paces by two Football Association coaches, starting with a warm-up on an indoor running track and set of exercise bikes. They then took part in a bespoke football training activity on an outdoor pitch, before enjoying a cool-down session in the hot and cold plunge pools – complete with an underwater treadmill.

The players then enjoyed a kick-about on the ‘David Beckham Pitch’ to end their day in style.

Coach Paul Roberts said: “We had been planning the trip to St George’s Park for two years, but had to keep delaying it due to the pandemic. It was definitely worth waiting for.

“Our players thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and it added to the experience knowing that they were using the same equipment and pitches as the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

“They asked some really smart questions on the tour of the centre and the FA coaches were really impressed with their behaviour. They were a credit to their club.”