Aspiring Preparatory School footballers got the chance to compete at one of Europe’s most impressive complexes.
The Rydal Penrhos U10 squad travelled to Manchester City’s Etihad Academy facility for a special tournament organised by the Independent Association of Prep Schools.
During a busy tournament, the squad competed well against King’s Chester, Terra Nova, Forest School and Oldham School.
Although Rydal Penrhos did not come away with the victory, each member of the squad got a tremendous amount of the experience, which is going to stand them in good stead for in the coming months.
The Etihad Complex £200 million to construct and also boasts a 7,000-capacity stadium, education facilities and medical and sports science services.
The 80-acre site was funded by City’s owners and built in partnership with Manchester City Council following the takeover of the club by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.
Built on the site of a former chemical works, it includes: 16.5 pitches, including a full-size synthetic indoor pitch; A 56-seat TV auditorium for players to review video clips; Four-star accommodation with king-sized beds and bathrooms; 40,000km of artificial turf on 5.5 pitches, each one different so the team can tailor match preparations for away games.
U10 football squad: Noah Roberts, Charlie Lister-Brookes, Oscar Jewsbury, Harry Nurse, Felix Griffin, James Davies, Jorvan Toor, George Rozek, Gethin Winfield.