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Football: U10 squad set for IAPS Festival at Manchester City Academy Complex
February 24, 2020

Aspiring Preparatory School footballers will get the chance to develop their skills at one of the finest academy complexes anywhere in the world.

The U10 side at Rydal Penrhos will travel to the home of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City this week for special football festival organised by the Independent Association of Prep Schools on Friday.

Those in attendance will participate in a round-robin tournament in pursuit of bragging rights.

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.

Head of Games Jamie McLeod, said: “This is going to be a very worthwhile experience for our U10 squad, who have developed very well both individually and as a group during the academic year.

“Hopefully they can give a good account of themselves at one of the most eye-catching facilities of its kind, learn a lot and have some fun in the process.”