Football’s Coming Home!

Football coaching students from Hugh Baird College have this week been treated to a behind-the-scenes visit to The Football Association’s National Football Centre; St George’s Park.

Eighteen students from the range of football coaching courses offered by the college travelled to the state of the art centre where they met with representatives from the FA to discover more about the centre and where their coaching qualifications could take them in the future.

The National Football Centre is set in 330 acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside and whilst touring the facilities, the students learnt about the history and heritage of the site, toured the elite outdoor pitches including the elite Wembley replica pitch, the FIFA standard indoor 3G pitch, the multi-sport indoor hall that is used for Futsal and the specially designed pitch for the partially-sighted.

In addition to viewing the facilities of the centre, the students quizzed staff about how coaches tailor their sessions in order to assist other professionals based at the centre such as sport scientists, psychologist, nutritionists and sport medicine experts.

Hugh Baird College Football Coaching student, Kieran Brown, said:

“The visit to St George’s Park was a real eye opener. I had heard a lot about the centre, but to get to visit one of the best football centres in the world was a dream come true. It has definitely made me want to work there one day.”

Matt Rogers, Hugh Baird College Assistant Director said:

“We would like to thank the FA for inviting us to visit their centre. At Hugh Baird College we try to open the eyes of our students to the career possibilities that are out there when they finish with us. I am confident that thanks to this aspirational trips such as this one to St George’s Park and the high level teaching we provide our learners, we will one day have an ex student developing England’s top footballers.”

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