Manchester City's Etihad Academy plan approved by council

Artist impression of the Manchester City training academy
Image caption The training complex will house 17 youth and first team pitches

Manchester City plans for a footballing academy and training complex in the east of the city have been backed by the council's planning committee.

The proposed youth development and first team academy in Openshaw will be built on an 80-acre brownfield site next to the Etihad Stadium.

It will include 17 pitches and a 7,000 capacity stadium for youth matches.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese said it was excellent news for the local community.

A club statement said: "We're delighted with today's announcement and remain committed to support the completion of the process which obviously includes the upcoming review period."

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Sir Richard said: "The Etihad Stadium and Campus are at the heart of the regeneration of the wider East Manchester area and the fact that these plans have been approved is excellent news for the community.

"This will not just create another world class sporting facility in the city, it will also create jobs and other opportunities for local residents."

He added: "It's one of the earliest manifestations of how the partnership between Manchester City Football Club, the council and New East Manchester will deliver significant community and economic benefits in the years ahead.

"As we go into an Olympic year, this will also help cement the city's reputation as a place where sporting talent is nurtured."

The complex is to be built on land that the club has purchased in the area over the last two years.

Forming a large part of what Manchester City is calling the Etihad Campus, it will cater for up to 400 young players, 40 of whom will be accommodated and schooled on site.

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