The City Academy - impressive, but is it fearsome?

September 14, 2012 in Premier League

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Today, construction work on the ‘City Football Academy’ has officially kicked off. The 80-acre site, adjacent to the home of the current Premierleague Champions, the Etihad Stadium, is to be transformed into a state-of-the-art training facility where players from the first and youth teams alike will train day-to-day. The plans include a 7,000 seater stadium to be used for reserve and youth team matches, 16 training pitches including an indoor facility, special areas for goalkeeper and fitness training, medical facilities as well as the headquarters for the club’s office staff.

Manchester City are investing £100m to create one of the world’s most premier sporting institutions, which has been designed after a long consultation period, including visits to similar training facilities across the world. So when Patrick Vieira tell us it will be the world’s very best facility of its kind, he is undeniably saying it with a weight of evidence behind him.

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