Manchester City submit plans for state-of-art training facility for women's first team

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CGI of how the facility will look. Credit: Manchester City FC

Manchester City have submitted plans for a £10million purpose-built training facility for their women’s first team at the club’s Etihad complex.

An application has been submitted to Manchester City Council for a 17,000-square-foot building close to the women’s 7-000-seater Joie Stadium, which will include a hydrotherapy area, high-performance gym and an analytics space.

The standalone facility has been "designed to enhance player development by mirroring the high-performance environment of the men’s first team" and, if plans are approved, it will open in 2025.

A City statement added: "As well as benefitting from a private facility, the (women’s) team will continue to be a central part of the eco-system at the £200m City Football Academy, meaning they can take advantage of the resources and know-how across the organisation’s wider operations and facilities."

City women’s managing director Charlotte O’Neill added: "As the team evolves, so do their needs and that’s why we continue to invest in the right facilities at the right stage in the team’s journey.

"By building a new, state-of-the-art facility, we will provide our players with a bespoke industry leading environment for them to train and recover together, and we believe this will further improve player welfare, and help attract even more talent to Manchester City and the next generation of aspiring women footballers."

CGI impression of how the facility will look Credit: Manchester City FC

Manchester City captain, Steph Houghton, who has been with the Club since its professional re-launch in 2014, said:

"I’ve been incredibly proud to call the City Football Academy home for the past ten years and have seen first-hand how the integrated facilities we are a part of have contributed to the development of the women’s team.

"My team-mates and I have benefitted massively from working with the coaches, researchers, nutritionists and everyone else on site who have helped us to develop as professional footballers and compete at the highest level.

"As we look to take the next step in our journey of developing the women’s game, it’s right that we now develop our own purpose-built home, at the heart of City Football Academy, and I'm thrilled the Club has the ambition and commitment to keep investing in our future."

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