A BURTON MP has described it as an ‘historic day’ after construction work began at the National Football Centre.
Signs have appeared in East Staffordshire villages outlining routes to St George’s Park site, near Rangemore, for construction traffic.
Conservative MP Andrew Griffiths said: “This is great news and it can easily be called an historic day for Burton.
“Now the centre has been given the green light and construction looks to be forging ahead it is a time that will change the history of the town.
“A lot of people have worked increasingly hard on this project for a very long time and it will be great for all involved to finally see their work beginning to bloom.
“Of course there is still a long way to go but every time someone passes one of these signs it will hopefully make them feel a part of something big.
“It will offer a better future for Burton and will also help improve trade and a number of other things.
“Let this be one of many historic days for both the National Football Centre and Burton in general.”
Last year the Mail revealed how the the Football Association’s board unanimously approved additional funding needed to bring St George’s Park to fruition, nearly a decade after the scheme was first mooted.
The decision, along with the failure of a legal challenge to plans for homes on part of the site, means construction work is now underway, keeping the project on course to open for the ‘Olympic summer’ of 2012.
David Sheepshanks, FA board member and chairman of the National Football Centre board, said he hoped the centre, intended to be a ‘university of football’ and base for the England national teams, would help to revolutionise the national game.