The Eastlands Community Plan
The Eastlands Community Plan was prepared by Manchester City Council and New East Manchester Ltd.
It identified a local need for education facilities. The Club was keen to support this emerging need by dedicating 5.5 acres of land in the south west corner of the site for community use.
Manchester City Council’s proposals included:
- A Sixth Form institute to offer a comprehensive A Level curriculum
- A Sports and Community Hub providing a community swimming pool, flexible spaces for sports, health and fitness facilities for residents and car parking.
These plans were approved and since then the Sixth Form institute - The Connell College, and the Sports and Community Hub - The Beswick Leisure Centre, have been under construction.
The Connell Sixth Form College, which is currently situated within The East Manchester Academy, will accommodate students between the ages of 16 and 19. In September 2014 Connell’s students will move into the purpose-built facility on the Etihad Campus.
The College celebrated the progress of the project in January with a ‘topping out’ ceremony. The event was attended by representatives from the Club, Manchester City Council and the College.
The Beswick Leisure centre has also held a celebration event to mark the progress of their build. On Monday, 3rd February, Manchester City Football Club, Manchester City Council, local community groups and others attended a ceremony which involved the burying of a time capsule to commemorate the project. Memorabilia donated by the club included amongst other items, a match day programme from the latest fixture at the Etihad Stadium.