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Football development centre unveiled

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UEFA football chief Michel Platini is in Wales today to officially open the new Wales national football development centre. Dragon Park, in Newport international Sports Village, boasts two premium grade grass pitches and one third generation (3G) artificial pitch and a state-of-the-art headquarters building with changing rooms, training recovery zone and an administrative base for the Welsh Football Trust. The first phase of Dragon Park, which has cost almost £5million, has been funded with investment including £2million from UEFA, £750,000 each from both the Football Association of Wales and Sport Wales, and around £400,000 through FIFA programmes. The centre aims to improve the standard of football at all levels in Wales and will also be home to referees' training and be used by foreign academies and training for visiting professional clubs. Wales team manager Chris Coleman and former players including Ian Rush and Neville Southall will be at the launch.

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What does '3G pitch' mean?

The artificial turf named '3G' (Third Generation) is a surface created using synthetic fibres and rubbers, made to look like grass. Unlike previous artificial surfaces, the pitch does not contain sand, therefore it is much less likely to cause friction burns to the skin. The main reason for its use is maintenance—artificial turf stands up to heavy use, particularly in sports, and requires no irrigation or trimming.

How much to build a 3g football pitch?

The 3G surfaces have evolved to mimic the playing characteristics of a natural field but can be used endlessly in all weather conditions. The third generation surfaces is what all the premier league teams train on and to build a full size football pitch with fencing, floodlighting, drainage, groundworks and surfacing costs approximately 600k. This price is based on the site being good access and existing level conditions to the site.