Updated: Friday, 20th September 2019 @ 3:51pm

Manchester City announce next stage of 'Etihad Campus' with state-of-the-art training facility

Manchester City announce next stage of 'Etihad Campus' with state-of-the-art training facility

By Barrie White

Manchester City today announced that it has submitted planning application for a state-of-the-art youth development and first-team training centre to benefit club and community.

The centre will have a number of full and half-sized football pitches, accommodation blocks and classroom facilities for full-time students and a 7,000-seater stadium for youth matches.

The 80-acre development is part of the ‘Etihad Campus', which was announced in the summer and will be built on brown-field land in the Openshaw West area of East Manchester – a short walk from the stadium.

The submitted application is the result of an 18-month research program into how clubs across the world have developed their youth talent and is described as the most significant investment in the club yet.

Chief Football Officer Brian Marwood said: “We are delighted that so many people have taken part in our public consultation.

“The feedback we have received points to a wide recognition by both local residents and fans of the significant regenerative and economic benefits of these proposals for the East Manchester area.

“The development and recruitment of youth talent is at the heart of our long term strategy of building a successful and sustainable football club for the future.

Marwood – a former professional footballer with Arsenal – believes that this creation of this centre will be a significant step in the realisation of this strategy.

City have been acquiring land for this development over the last two years after signing a billion pound agreement with the council in May 2010 to redevelop it.

FC United of Manchester had looked to build a stadium of it's own in nearby Newton Heath but after discussions with the council, their focus had moved to Mostyn.

The club claims that the development is expected to bring around 90 permanent jobs for local people, as well as 160 construction jobs.

Transport links to the centre will be improved with the building of two extra Metrolink stations by the end of 2012 and a landmark pedestrian footbridge.

There will also be a further 5.5 acres of land made available for community use – expected to be an education facility and a sports institute, as well as a financial contribution to swimming and leisure facilities.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: “This would not just be about creating another world-class sporting facility in the area, it will also create jobs and other opportunities for local residents.

“It is also very significant that the club are setting aside land for community use.  This will enable us to bring forward complementary proposals for additional community facilities which could include a new swimming pool and leisure hub.”

The planning application can be viewed at the City Council’s offices or on their website or at the club’s exhibition centre which is open from 9am – 5.30pm, except on bank Holidays and match days, and can also be viewed at: www.manchestercityfootballacademy.co.uk

Or, catch the fly-through of the proposals here: http://www.mcfc.co.uk/Video/Features/Planned-Academy-flythrough