Former Sunderland supremo praises new National Football Centre

Sir Bob Murray (second right) meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of St George's Park
Sir Bob Murray (second right) meets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the opening of St George's Park

FORMER Sunderland FC chairman Sir Bob Murray was part of the group which officially opened the Football Association’s new National Football Centre.

Sir Bob watched on alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the £100m St George’s Park was officially opened.

The new National Football Centre is a state-of-the-art training complex which boasts 12 full size training pitches, a multisport indoor hall, five gyms and the only FIFA accredited Centre of Medical Excellence in the country.

The 330 acre site also includes two top class hotels.

Sir Bob was appointed Project Director for St George’s Park by the FA in November 2008 due to his wealth of football experience and his expertise in building world class football stadia and property development background.

He said: “I am thrilled that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could join us to celebrate the opening of St George’s Park and to show their support for this incredible sporting facility.

“I have no doubt that St George’s Park will change the face of English football by producing quality home-grown players, coaches and managers of whom we can be proud.

“St George’s Park may have been a long time in coming but it was worth the wait. It is a masterpiece of design and function, merging high quality architectural standards with exacting operational demands.

“We not only have the most stylish football centre in the world but one that works on all levels and will deliver exceptional results.”

England manager Roy Hodgson and his squad will be using the training facilities for the first time ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualification game against San Marino on Friday.