Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic Champion and current 400m World Record holder, has announced a partnership with St. George’s Park, The FA’s national football centre.
Johnson’s sports performance company, Michael Johnson Performance, will provide a new range of performance training services available to players and athletes of all abilities, as well as bespoke residential camps designed especially for nurturing the talent of young people.
Johnson explained: “St. George’s Park is an immensely important initiative for English sport and the development of football and athletes far into the future.
"I’ve been tracking its progress since I visited in 2011 and been looking for ways to get involved."
Michael Johnson Performance will team up with Perform, the world-class human performance, sports and exercise medicine and rehabilitation centre based at the £105m Burton-upon-Trent site.
Johnson added: “This new venture with Perform is the perfect opportunity and it’s an ideal partnership because we share the same coaching philosophy on human performance development.
"Together, I am confident we can have a significant impact on the future of English sport."
David Sheepshanks, Chairman, St George’s Park, believes the initiative underlines St. George’s Park’s position at the centre of sporting excellence.
He said: “This new arrangement between Michael Johnson and Perform at St. George’s Park heralds another first for the development of sporting talent in England.
“We have created a world class training centre with facilities to match the best anywhere, and correspondingly the aim has always been to fill it with world class exponents of high performance coaching, sports medicine and skill development.”
Sheepshanks added: “We are very pleased to welcome Michael Johnson Performance to St. George’s Park as they stand at the top of their tree in the world with their specialist approach to developing athleticism, not only amongst aspiring young athletes but also working with football players and players from many other sports.”
Targeted at schools, aspiring footballers, athletes and any young person wanting to achieve their optimum performance, the Michael Johnson Performance and Perform training camps will be delivered on a year-long trial at Perform’s 25,000 square feet centre at St George’s Park.
Schools will also have the option to host a one-day performance masterclass on their own site, thanks to the flexible training techniques used by both Perform and MJP experts.
Learn more about St. George’s Park and Perform here.