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Training Camp Home Will Be NFL’s ‘Model’

Posted by Andrew Walker on October 22, 2012 – 8:05 pm

Moving training camp to the City of Richmond, Va., next summer is far more than a football decision for the Washington Redskins.

By moving training camp from rural Redskins Park in Loudoun County into an urban area like Richmond, the Redskins players can become role models for thousands of area children who are expected to flock to the new Bon Secours Redskins Training Center for summers to come.

The team and the city announced today that Richmond’s Leigh Street, just behind the Virginia Science Museum, will be the new training camp home for the Washington Redskins. Construction of the Redskins practice fields and a state-of-the-art Fieldhouse and sports medicine facility is expected to begin very soon.

“We have to be very thankful for the leadership of [Virginia] Gov. [Robert] McDonnell and [Richmond] Mayor [Dwight] Jones for putting together this type of program that we feel is going to help not only the Washington Redskins and our wonderful fans throughout the Commonwealth, but all the kids in this area,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said at a Monday afternoon press conference at the Leigh Street site. “We can help kids in this area by having them see our role-model players.”

Both Allen and Jones said they believe that when all construction is done by next summer, the new Redskins training camp home will be something other NFL teams will try to mimic.

“We have a bold and exciting plan to put Richmond on the map with one of the most state-of-the-art NFL training camp facilities in the entire country,” Jones said. “This is going to be a first-class facility that will not only offer professional-level playing fields, but it’s also going to incorporate health and wellness services that will be provided by Bon Secours. We’re also really excited about the synergy of partnering with the Science Museum of Virginia, and that synergy is going to promote educational concepts of athletics, wellness and science to the community.”

“We’re very excited,” Allen said. “We do believe that this will be the model that all NFL teams will follow in the future.”

Whether other NFL teams come calling for the floor plans or not is yet to be seen, but Allen reiterated how important the Redskins’ new training camp home will be to the local community.

“When young men and young women meet a player at a training camp, it can change their lives,” he said. “We’re looking forward to doing that.”

Here’s some photos from today’s press conference in Richmond:

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