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Man City To Begin Work On Academy Site

Fri 14th Sep 2012 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Manchester City have announced work is to commence on their ground-breaking City Football Academy.

In what is a landmark project for the club, City are to build a state of the art youth development and first team training facility on an 80 acre site adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.

City have appointed BAM Construction to lead the project and work will begin on the plot, which forms part of the Etihad Campus, in the coming weeks and is due to complete the project in time for the 2014/15 Premier League season.

The building of the Academy, which will provide a centre for up to 400 young players as well as housing the first team training base and the club’s operations functions, follows four years of extensive research and planning by City across five continents and more than 30 elite sport development centres. 

The City Football Academy will include the following:

  • A new Academy for up to 400 young players with classrooms for 200
  • On site accommodation for junior and senior players
  • 16.5  football pitches, 12 of them dedicated to players aged from 8 to 21
  • A state of the art first team building with changing rooms, gym, refectory and injury and rehab centre
  • A 7000 capacity stadium for youth matches
  • Staff offices and a dedicated media centre 
  • A bridge linking the site to the Etihad Stadium and the rest of the Etihad Campus

“Today is an extremely important day for the future of Manchester City Football Club,” declared City CEO Ferran Soriano.

“We are now in a position, after four years of research and planning, to execute that strategy and we are delighted to join with BAM who will play a large part in helping us to do so.”

BAM Chief Executive Graham Cash (pictured left), echoed the words of the Blues boss.

“Our customers value BAM because our people do whatever it takes to deliver our customers’ expectations,” he said.

“We are delighted to be part of the team that will deliver the City Football Academy and we will work hard to play our part in delivering MCFC’s vision of both developing the players of the future and helping to regenerate the community of East Manchester.”

Adding their delight at the scale of the project Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, added: “This project lies at the heart of the ambitions we share with Manchester City Football Club to create a centre of sporting excellence that will be the envy of the world.”

"It is as clear a demonstration you can get of the commitment of the club to our city as a whole and local people in East Manchester in particular.”

The project has the overwhelming support of the local community, 98% of which - following extensive consultation last year - gave the proposals its wholehearted endorsement.

As part of its long standing commitment to the community, the club has donated 5.5 acres of remediated land on the site for community use, and is also supporting the creation of education and leisure facilities for local residents.

The new facility is expected to create jobs in the area with remediation of the site over the past year already creating 49 jobs, all of which were recruited within the local community and 34 of which were taken up by the previously long term unemployed.  A minimum of 160 further construction jobs will be available for which a minimum 70% local recruitment target has been set.

Additional employment opportunities for local people will arise with the creation of around 95 permanent positions ranging from landscaping, arboriculture and water management to administration, security and site management. 

From an environmental perspective the City Football Academy will reach the highest possible environmental standards – the gold standard under L.E.E.D guidelines - with low carbon, low water and low waste measures being employed to minimise impact on the environment and encourage local bio-diversity.

The remediation alone, of the 80 acre site by the Club has had a positive environmental impact, turning a vast tract of land, polluted by years of heavy industrial use into clean terrain.  Soil, which was once purple with dye has now been cleaned, fertilised and is ready to sustain growth. 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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