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Manchester City and BAM Construction to begin academy project

Manchester City FC has announced that BAM Construction has been chosen as its new partner for the creation of a state-of-the-art youth development and first team training facility.

The multimillion-pound City Football Academy is to commence in the coming weeks when BAM begins working on the plot for the facility, which will span 80 acres adjacent to the club's Etihad Stadium.

To be completed in time for the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League season, the site will provide training facilities for up to 400 young players, as well as housing the first team training base and the club's operational functions.

It will incorporate 16.5 football pitches, a 7,000 capacity stadium for youth matches, a first team building, on-site accommodation and a bridge linking to the Etihad Stadium, among other facilities.

The project is commencing after four years of extensive research and has received strong backing from the local community, with 98 per cent of respondents to a consultation last year endorsing plans for the centre.

Hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction phase, with the majority of materials and services to be sourced locally, while the project will also encompass the environmental regeneration of a previously polluted site.

BAM chief executive Graham Cash said: "Our customers value BAM because our people do whatever it takes to deliver our customers' expectations.

"We are delighted to be part of the team that will deliver the City Football Academy and we will work hard to play our part in delivering Manchester City FC's vision of both developing the players of the future and helping to regenerate the community of East Manchester."

The scheme will also see up to 5.5 acres of the facility dedicated to further community use, while the club will donate £3 million a year to help support local leisure  

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