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Rich's Roving Reports: National Football Centre


The home of English football, St George's Park (pictured here), is in the heart of the Staffordshire countryside

Staffordshire is full of unique experiences for visitors.

For instance, if you like our furry friends, there is nothing in the UK like Trentham Monkey Forest, where you can roam among macaque monkeys.

If you are a fan of children's TV, there's Drayton Manor Park, home to Europe's only Thomas Land.

There's also the brand new CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers, the only hotel of its kind in the country.

And if you are into your football, there is no better place to visit than the National Football Centre, at St George's Park near Burton.

You can hire the fantastic facilities at St George's Park for your own team - click here for more info

As a huge nogger fan myself I was keen to have a look around and see where the England teams prepare for friendlies and big tournaments.

It's a pretty comprehensive tour.

In only an hour I saw the huge changing rooms, the autograph wall (featuring loads of famous names), the hydrotherapy pools and gyms.

From there, we went on to the pitches, including one which is an exact replica of the pitch at Wembley.

And all against the backdrop of some beautiful, historic Staffordshire countryside.

Click here to find out more about tours and hiring the facilities at St George's Park

Tours take roughly an hour and are £9 per person, with places available throughout the year.

Keep an eye on The St George's Park Tour website for further information on dates.

If you play a bit yourself, why not have a go on one of the 12 amazing pitches, which are available for hire?

They can accommodate full-side or small-sided football and coaching for all age groups.

Or spend a day as an international footballer on The Ultimate Football Experience, with an FA licensed coach to put you through your paces.

There are loads of sporting attractions and events to enjoy in Staffordshire!

Combine your stay at the Hilton with a day of thrilling horse racing at Uttoxeter Racecourse, or hit the slopes at Tamworth SnowDome, with one of our short break packages.

Enjoy three top attractions for as little as £75 for couples and £145 for a family of four – including an overnight stay in one of our top hotels!

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Sporting attractions in Staffordshire
Uttoxeter Racing

Uttoxeter 01889 562561


Stoke-on-Trent 01782 205747

Discounted entry fee of £9.49
Alton Towers Waterpark

Alton Towers area 0871 222 2300

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Tamworth 0844 472 1950

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