FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter visited St. George’s Park on Wednesday to inaugurate the Goal project – worth around £310,000 – awarded to the landmark development, which officially opened in October.

The FIFA Development Committee awarded The FA’s application for Goal Programme funding towards the sports science and medical centre at St. George’s Park. It is hoped that the funding will help realise The FA’s ambition to make St. George’s Park a FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence.

Blatter said: “FIFA is committed to the development of football across the world, and the Goal projects are crucial in achieving this mission.

“Protecting the health of the players is one of our key objectives and I am therefore very pleased that this project will be dedicated to a sports science and medical centre at such an emblematic location as St. George’s Park.”

David Sheepshanks, Chairman of St. George’s Park, added: “This FIFA funding is significant in that it enables us to step up our work in the critical area of sports science, which is a key function of St. George’s Park.”

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