City Football Academy grabs the headlines
- 14 September 2012 08:07
- Posted by David Clayton
The City Football Academy grabs all the headlines this morning with the media giving the Blues’ exciting youth project plenty of coverage.
Patrick Vieira is widely quoted and there are images and statistics flying around in all the major papers.
Richard Jolly in The Daily Telegraph writes: “The £100 million-plus development will open in time for the 2014-15 season as an 80-acre site opposite the Etihad Stadium is transformed from industrial wasteland into an academy with 16 football pitches, a 7,000-capacity stadium for youth and reserve-team matches and a first-team training building.
“City have also given 5.5 acres on the corner of the site to the local council, where a sixth form college will be built, and have donated £3 million for local leisure facilities, which is earmarked for a swimming pool.
“They studied more than 30 clubs and national training centres across five continents and a variety of sports before settling on plans for City Football Academy, as it has been branded.”
Ian Herbert in The Independent continues the thread: “City sketched in more details yesterday of the complex – which relocates their current Platt Lane youth set-up and Carrington training base to 79 acres of post-industrial flatlands adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.
"A total of 16.5 pitches, (the 0.5 is just for goalkeepers) to go with the 7,000-capacity stadium for youth matches, 200 classroom places and a new 'Velopark' Metrolink stop, are expected to be completed by the new year.
"There are even 2,000 trees – already being grown at a location in Cheshire – to take their place at perhaps the most ecologically sound football site in Britain. A helicopter tour of the site also revealed the pipes, already laid, through which rainwater on the soil will be captured and reused.”
Finally, the Daily Mirror go big on the CFA fly-through video and David McDonnell adds: “City hope their new youth academy, with provision for 400 youngsters, will also see them become the best in the world at producing their own players, rivalling the likes of Barcelona.
“The Premier League champions have also donated 5.5 acres of the site to Manchester City Council, on which a new sixth form college will be built as part of the on-going drive to help regenerate East Manchester.”
Of course, the definitive guide to the CFA is right here on mcfc.co.uk – but the Press have done a more than decent job spreading the word.