Manchester City’s Football Academy was born out of the club’s desire to consolidate its existing facilities and strengthen its connection to the East Manchester community while creating a “world-leading” training facility to raise athlete performance and standards through enhanced training, injury management, sports science, and research facilities.
The scheme remediates and transforms a brownfield site adjacent to Etihad Stadium into Manchester City FC’s flagship headquarters and training facility.
To be recognised as a world-leading training facility the goal was ‘long-term sustainability’: providing up to 400 young players with coaching, fitness, accommodation and education, on what used to be an overlooked and polluted 80 acre site. The centre includes classrooms and accommodation for junior and senior players, 17 pitches (including a half-pitch for training goalkeepers), changing rooms, a gym, refectory and injury centre. A 7,000 seat stadium will host youth matches, and features open plan offices and a media centre.