03 June 2015
Perform at St George’s Park were delighted to welcome HRH Prince William last week during the build up to the Women’s World Cup finals.
England Women’s imminent World Cup campaign received the royal seal of approval as HRH The Duke of Cambridge spent some time with Mark Sampson’s squad at St George’s Park.
The Lionesses have enjoyed a tough 10-day training camp with us at the National Football Centre and it was brought to a close with an extended meet-and-greet session with Prince William, the FA’s President.
The Duke, who was making his first visit to St George's Park since its official opening in October 2012, was on hand to see how the women are preparing for Canada in the world-class facilities in Burton upon Trent.
He said: “As President of the FA, I am delighted that women’s football has become such a central part of our daily work across the country.
“The senior England team are the pinnacle of this and I am sure all football fans will join me in hoping they do well over the coming days.
During the tour, HRH Prince William spoke extensively to Perform staff Donna Gormley and Carl Wells about their involvement in the preparations for the World Cup.
Donna will be travelling to Canada with the team as physiotherapist and lead sports scientist Carl Wells has been putting the girls through their paces in the High Performance Laboratory throughout the build up to the World Cup.
Donna commented: “It was fantastic that Prince William could spare the time in his busy schedule to come and visit us at Perform.
“We have been working closely with the England Women’s team during their preparations to the World Cup and we are all very excited about upcoming World Cup in Canada.”
Carl Wells, lead sports scientist at Perform, added: “This England Women’s team will undoubtedly be the best prepared team for a World Cup and we are delighted to have played our part here at Perform and we wish them all the best in Canada.”
He also got to inspect the state-of-art facilities at close quarters by watching Jodie Taylor run on an anti-gravity treadmill in the Perform gym.
After a light lunch with Dan Ashworth, the FA’s director of elite development, Dave Reddin, head of performance services, and Brent Hills, head of women’s elite development, the future king watched England train and posed for photographs with the whole squad and backroom staff.
Prince William's visit was brought to an end when Sampson presented him with an England shirt for his baby daughter Charlotte.