The Football Association’s training HQ, St George’s Park in Staffordshire, is being used as the host venue for Australia’s national rugby league squad as they go through their training paces for the international Four Nations tournament.
Foregoing the team’s traditional UK camp venues in Manchester and Leeds, head coach Mal Meninga opted for the £105m complex in Staffordshire as the training venue for his 24-man squad over the four week-long tournament.
The Kangaroos join a list that includes England’s 24 national teams, FC Barcelona, British Basketball, England Rugby Union, England Rugby League, GB Hockey and the Argentinian and Irish Rugby Union teams that have used the facilities.
As well as the sports facilities, the teams can use the on-site Hilton hotel and training and meeting rooms.
Kangaroos head coach Mal Meninga said: “The right environment is vital to providing successful training, preparation and downtime during such an important tournament.
“We chose St George’s Park because it has the range of world-class facilities needed to benefit our players, their performance and mind set both on and off the field – so it’s exciting that we were able to secure it as our base.”
Julie Harrington, FA group operations director – Wembley and St George’s Park, added: “We are pleased to welcome the Kangaroos to St. George’s Park and hope that our facilities can contribute to them enjoying a successful Four Nations tournament.”
St George’s Park is also the home of FA Education and delivers all FA national coach education courses.
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