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Design & Development

Manchester City Women submits plans for purpose-built training facility

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Manchester City Women has filed a planning application to Manchester City Council for the development of a purpose-built training facility.

The facility is proposed to be located at the club’s training centre, the City Football Academy, and has a total value of up to £10m ($12.7m/€11.6m).

Should the application be approved, it will open in 2025 and feature a hydrotherapy area, high-performance gym, and an analytics space all designed to enhance player development.

The 17,000 square foot building will be just a few hundred metres away from Manchester City Women’s 7,000-seater Joie Stadium, which is the biggest and first purpose-built stadium in the Women’s Super League.

“We are delighted to announce our exciting plans to create a purpose-built training facility for our women’s first team,” said Manchester City Women managing director Charlotte O’Neill.

“By building in 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.”

During the planning stages, the club worked closely with first team staff to ensure the facility would meet the specific needs of players.

It has also been designed so that it can be expanded over time as the team continues to grow.

The club is also making developments elsewhere, as it received the green light for an expansion project at the Etihad Stadium where the men’s first team plays.

The plans, approved in October 2023, will see the capacity increased from 53,000 to 61,968 and are set to be completed in time for the 2025-2026 season.