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St. George's Park Receives FIFA F-MARC Accreditation

Tue 5th Nov 2013 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

The St. George’s Park sports medical centre has become the first in England to receive the coveted Fifa F-MARC accreditation, joining 36 elite medical facilities across the globe as a Fifa ‘Medical Centre of Excellence.’

The FA was officially presented with the prestigious certificate by Fifa Chief Medical Officer, Jiri Dvorak at a ceremony at St. George’s Park, the national football centre in Staffordshire, giving it recognition along with renowned facilities in places such as New York, Munich, Cape Town and Qatar as a leader in football medicine.

St. George’s Park Chairman, David Sheepshanks CBE, said: "This is fabulous news and just reward for the very high standards we have set at St. George’s Park.

“It is a richly deserved accolade for The FA’s own medical team, led by Dr. Ian Beasley and Gary Lewin and our resident sports medicine team, part of Spire Healthcare’s Perform sports medicine and human performance facility which is run by Phil Horton and Dr Charlotte Cowie.

“We have a world class facility here that provides a full array of services including everything from cardiac and health screening to performance analysis, nutrition, injury rehabilitation and clinical care pathways.

“Being accredited as a Fifa Medical Centre of Excellence admits us into an exclusive world club amongst the best sports medical practitioners. It will enable us to interact, share ideas and research projects whilst helping us to learn from the very best exponents of sports medicine.”

The FA’s Head of Medical Services, Dr. Ian Beasley, said: “Gaining F-MARC accreditation has been a dream conceived when St. Georges Park was still a building site. Football medicine and science has grown immeasurably over the last few years, and The FA take great pride in playing its part in this.

“The medical and science team at The FA see the F-MARC as a route to a close collaboration with the other 36 such centres around the world to promote excellence in football player care.

“Our relationship with Perform at St Georges Park is a big part of our plans for the future. Their support for the awarding of F-MARC to the FA medical and science department says much about their integrity and dedication as an organisation that has player and athlete care at its heart.”

The news comes off the back of a recent event held at St. George’s Park, where a Fifa 11+ workshop was held. Fifa 11+ is an injury prevention programme, and a near 80 coaches and sports physical therapists joined senior members of The FA’s medical team at the event to practice and discuss the key aspects of the established prevention programme.

This marks an exciting week for The FA centre, which is also nominated for three awards at the Football Business Awards, recognised in categories for the Brand of The Year, Innovation Award and Best Business Over £2 million.

Image: FIFA Chief Medical Officer, Jiri Dvorak presents Dr. Ian Beasley and David Sheepshanks CBE (second right) with the FIFA F-MARC Certificate

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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