U9 football squad get set for Premier League experience at Manchester City Academy
September 25, 2019

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

The U9 side at Rydal Penrhos will travel to the home of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City this week for special football festival at their incredible Academy complex, which cost £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 Boys’ Games Jamie McLeod, said: “This is something we have done for a number of years now and it really inspires each pupil involved.

“To play at such a grand venue like the Manchester City Academy complex is fantastic for their overall development ahead of what is going to be a very busy winter of competitive action at Rydal Penrhos.”