I travelled from Loughborough to Burton-on-Trent today to start my stay at St George’s Park for the England and Wales Cricket Board’s Challenge Conference.
I drove with Ralph Hippolyte and Bertrand Theraulez. They are keynote presenters at the Conference (Introduction to the Action Type Approach and Practical Application of the Action Type Approach.)
St George’s Park is set in 330 acres of landscaped parkland and is the training base for the 24 England football teams. Facilities here include:
- 11 full size outdoor pitches
- One elite DESSO training pitch which is an exact replica of Wembley
- A full-sized indoor football pitch equipped with a viewing gallery for up to 200 people
- A 60mx40m multipurpose indoor sports hall
- Medical and sports science facilities
- 2 hotels
I have arrived eight days after the official opening by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
I am staying in the Hilton Hotel on the site.
I am sharing my bedroom with Trevor Francis
and David Beckham
I like the use of photographs around the Hotel and saw this picture taken at Bisham Abbey.
I have been following developments at St George’s Park for a decade. It is an experience being here and already I have been thinking about the space and place issues that have been a particular interest for me in the last two years. I thought in particular about Boot Rooms.