Manchester City Football Club has begun a public consultation on a proposed youth development and training facility adjacent to their stadium.

The club is asking local residents, its fans and other interested parties for their views on plans to develop up to 80 acres of brown field land diagonally opposite the Etihad Stadium. The facility will include an academy for 400 players, 16 football pitches, state-of-the-art first-team training and injury rehabilitation facilities, a 7,000-capacity stadium and staff offices.

"Manchester City’s ambition is to be a successful and sustainable football club and youth recruitment and development through a top class facility is a key component of that ambition," said Garry Cook, City CEO. "Our research has been painstaking and our planning comprehensive and whilst our plans would inevitably have a positive impact on both our young and established playing talent, the regenerative and economic impact for our community should not be underestimated."

Members of the public interested in taking part in the consultation can visit an exhibition at the Etihad Stadium from Tuesday July 19th to learn more about the proposed development.  Exhibition opening times are 11am - 7pm, Monday to Friday and 11am - 4pm on weekends (closed matchdays). Or check out

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Posted on 18/07/2011