ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – The St. Louis Rams and Elite Football have joined forces to open the NFL’s first youth training academy. The facility is located in Chesterfield, Mo., in a 20,000 square foot indoor training and development center.
Tuesday was the first day the academy was open to kids from the metro area. Its hoped that facility will enable kids to learn how to play football, on and off the field.
Classes today, featured the 2013 Rams rookie class.
The facility features: a state of the art training equipment, video analysis labs, a turf field, Olympic style weight room and a speed track with laser timing system.
In creating the academy, the Rams have created a Rams Training Academy Leadership Board, led by Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. Other members of the board will include:Bruce, Jack Youngblood, Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace, Torry Holt, broadcaster Kara Henderson Snead, NFL executive Joe Browne, professional wrestler John Cena, motivational speaker Paul Vitale, ESPN.com contributor Anna McDonald, Elite Football president Matt Biermann and Rams Fan Development Manager Kyle Eversgerd.
The Leadership board members will contribute to the off-the-field curriculum known as the Rams Leadership Program and lead discussions around various leadership characteristics including teamwork, communication, dedication, perseverance, passion and community service.