Perform gets royal seal of approval at St. George’s Park
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Spire Healthcare’s new sports medicine facility, Perform at St. George’s Park, on Tuesday for the official launch of The Football Association’s new national football centre.
The Duke and Duchess were given a guided tour of the sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility and even had a go on the Batak Board. Expert Perform staff gave demonstrations on the latest technologies at the centre, including the Alter-G treadmill, Wattbikes and Altitude Chamber.
Their Royal Highnesses also saw the England team using the Hydrotherapy Suite following Roy Hodgson’s team’s training session.
The Duke of Cambridge said in his speech after touring the facility: “Coming here this morning, seeing these wonderful facilities and beautiful surroundings – just experiencing this extraordinary place – gave me the same feelings I had when I first went to the Olympic Park. A mixture of pride that we are capable in this country of creating something so beyond compare anywhere else, and excitement at what this means, not just for our national game, but for sport and opportunity in this country as a whole.”
The England team has been training at St George’s Park this week as part of its preparations for the FIFA World Cup qualifier against San Marino at Wembley Stadium on Friday. It is the first time the Senior men’s team has used the facilities, with players using the Strength and Conditioning Gym and Hydrotherapy Suite to support their high-level training programme. They follow the England Women’s and Men’s Under-21 teams who trained at St George’s Park last month, making use of the Perform facilities.
All 24 England teams will train at St George’s Park and have access to Perform’s state-of-the-art facilities, as well as expert physiotherapists and clinicians. Perform’s facilities and services are also open to the other sports, athletes and the general public.
Perform, part of Spire Healthcare, now has six Perform centres across the UK. They combine cutting-edge technologies with elite physiotherapy and sports and exercise medicine expertise to help improve people’s performance in sport, life and work.