Australia prepare for Four Nations at St. George's Park

Wednesday 26 Oct 2016
Kangaroos prepare for Four Nations tournament
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Australia head coach Mal Meninga believes the "world-class" facilities on offer at St. George's Park will prepare his team perfectly for the forthcoming Four Nations. 

Foregoing the team’s traditional UK camp venues in Manchester and Leeds, Meninga opted for the £105million complex in Staffordshire as the ideal venue for his 24-man squad over the four week-long tournament, which they kick-off against Scotland on Friday.

Kangaroos head coach 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."

The Kangaroos are the latest high profile sports team to select the flagship Midlands complex, with England’s 24 national teams, FC Barcelona, British Basketball, England Rugby Union, England Rugby League, GB Hockey and both the Argentina and Ireland Rugby Union teams among those benefiting from the full-service experience on offer. 

The world-class facility offers a strength and conditioning gym, hydrotherapy suite, 13 outdoor pitches and a suite of rehabilitation and sports science areas. Teams also benefit from the luxurious surroundings of the on-site 4* Hilton hotel to wind down in between training sessions and matches.

Julie Harrington, FA Group Operations director - Wembley and St. George’s Park, said: "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.

"The sheer range of facilities and services available aims to provide teams like the Kangaroos, as well all of the guests of St. George’s Park, with a place that suits all of their needs and in this case, the perfect site for in between matches for training and relaxation time. 

"Our reputation as the UK’s ultimate training venue is unrivalled, and for such a prestigious national team to select us as their primary training base is testament to the calibre of our offer."

By FA Staff St. George's Park