postheadericon New Welsh training facility plans gather pace

All involved with the Welsh national football side have commended plans for a brand new national football training facility to be constructed at Newport International Sports Village, a massive site that currently houses cricket and tennis facilities, along with a velodrome.

The new facility will be worth a massive sum of 4.5 million, so the joint venture between the Welsh Football Trust, Football Association of Wales, and Newport City Council is certainly a significant financial undertaking, but those behind the plans and those likely to benefit from it in the future believe it is well worth it.

The centre, once it has been built and opened, will nurture and develop the quality in the Welsh women’s team, the under-21 squad, and younger age-group squads that contain players trying to break into the senior men’s team. The senior team isn’t being left out of the overall plans, though, with a new high-tech training facility set to be built for the senior players at the same location.

Current Wales manager Gary Speed has stated that building the facility is a crucial and imperative step that must be taken for the Welsh players to prove that they have their own footballing identity and are more than capable of stepping out of the shadow of their more illustrious neighbours England. Welshmen are known more for their rugby skills rather than their talent on the football pitch, and stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are part of a very select group representing the country in the Premier League in the United Kingdom.

Wales may no longer stand a chance of qualifying for next year’s European Championship, but with the glaring difference in quality between Wales and England clear for all neutral fans to see, it’s clear that something drastic needs to be done in order to evolve the state of football throughout the country. Whether or not the brand new facility turns out to be the most effective and sustainable long-term solution for all involved does, however, remain to be seen.

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