BT signs with St. Georges Park

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BT has become the official communications services partner of St. George's Park, the first of a select number of tiered blue–chip partners of The FA's new National Football Centre, under development in Burton upon Trent.

In an exclusive five–year multi–million pound agreement, coaches, players and business users of St. Georges Park will be able to use a state–of–the–art, bespoke, high–speed BT iNet voice and data network plus BT Openzone WiFi. David Sheepshanks, chairman of St. Georges Park, said: " We are absolutely delighted to welcome BT as a partner for the St. Georges Park development and their association with us is a ringing endorsement of its importance and its growing national identity. " The buildings are taking shape at a rapid rate and you can now get a real sense of what an inspirational and special place it will be. St. Georges Park will be at the very centre of coach education and young player development and for The FA to be delivering its philosophy and agenda it needs the very best technology infrastructure and facilities. We look forward to working closely with BT. " Graham Sutherland, managing director, BT Business, said: " We are very proud to support St. Georges Park and to help The FA develop the next generation of sporting greats. With the best communications technology at the heart of this project, English football can build a competitive advantage on the field. " Close to one million visitors will use the St. Georges Park network over the term. Sponsorship rights have also been agreed.

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