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City Academy benefits from money too, says director

Manchester City Youth Academy Director Jim Cassell says that he has no problem whatsoever with the amounts of money his club has been spending on readymade stars, in spite of the threat it poses to his youngsters’ paths to first team football.

This summer alone saw Roberto Mancini lavish £125.5m on Yaya Toure, David Silva, James Milner, Mario Balotelli, Aleksandar Kolarov and Jerome Boateng as the Italian attempts to make genuine Premier League title contenders out of Manchester City.

But Cassell insists that he is delighted with the club’s newfound riches as it has not just been spent on players but also on the club’s infrastructure.

Speaking exclusively to Sport.co.uk, Cassell said: “I think it’s fantastic. We shouldn’t as a club have any worry about that.

“The resources aren’t only being used to purchase players – it’s being invested in the infrastructure of the club and some of the facilities now are outstanding.

“We’ve been able to add to our staff structure in extra support roles that we’ve never had before. If I was a young person, I’d think, 'What an opportunity to develop and play.'

“And naturally, if you progress to the first team, you’ll play with some of the best players in the world.”
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Any news about Fredrik VESELI playing in City's Academy?
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Any news about Fredrik VESELI playing in City's Academy?
i was looking for him too, but so far didnt find anything
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The Manchester City academy - inside the Blues' £10m talent factory









You know Manchester City are not afraid to spend a few bob. They like a star name - quite a few star names, in fact - and they are in a hurry to grab their share of the global market.

Here's some refreshing news from Manchester's Blues: they are taking care of business at home, too. Beyond the pay cheques and the ambition of the first team, City are creating a future of their own. Sheik Mansour's united nations of talent is not the only story emerging from the new regime here.
City's academy students are instilled with football skills and a team ethos

Drilling it in: City's academy students are instilled with football skills and a team ethos

Since taking over in 2008, Mansour has equipped City with an academy that is, in the words of its head of education and coaching, Peter Lowe, 'second to none'. In the ultra-competitive world of junior football, a £10million investment at the club's Platt Lane site in Fallowfield and careful recruitment of specialised coaching staff have created a world- class environment to develop young footballers aged from nine to 19.

'Pride, passion, professionalism and perseverance', said to be Mansour's four core values, are etched on the wall in the foyer, and the wall of Lowe's office shows a map pinpointing the players' homes. Some of the foreign imports are living with 'City-orientated families' in digs. Others travel from Leeds or Wallasey on the Wirral. All are made welcome.

There is not a snood or a pair of gloves to be seen, despite the cold. 'Only perfect practice makes perfect performance' reads a message on the wall. It is an impressive place in which to grow talent. Lowe, a coach with 10 years' experience and a UEFA 'A' licence, speaks with considerable passion.

'The greater percentage of our boys have received professional contracts and have therefore gone on to have an opportunity to say to the first-team manager, "Have a look at me. Am I good enough?"

'Then, my work is done. Our job is to get them through to Carrington, to give them an opportunity to try to be a professional footballer in this business.'
Al Stewart head of conditioning at the Platt Lane complex
Academy players relax at lunch time

Watchful eye: head of conditioning Al Stewart (left) and the players relax in the canteen (right)

The club has also set up the 'Cityecademy', which delivers coaching advice online or via an iPhone application. They have already had hits from the USA and Peru. They are taking off.

Lowe said: 'This football business is changing. The Cityecademy is a great example of how it's changing. People all over the world have an opportunity to look at this football club and how we work with those young players. It's something we're very proud of.'

That pride is etched all over Platt Lane. It is there in the way Rod Owen, the kit man, carefully places some of the 250 kits on the wooden shelves. Or how Al Stewart, head of conditioning, explains how the academy's biomechanics experts use slow-motion cameras to analyse a player's 20-metre sprint.

'The age of the street footballer has gone,' Lowe continues. 'Kids don't play out any more. The Manchester clubs have a responsibility to provide facilities and opportunities for these boys.'

As we speak, head coach Scott Sellars is working on passing and then skills coach Kristian Wilson takes over. He incorporates elements of dance into his drills.
Academy players relax at lunch time

Down time: young players find time for pool and PlayStation between sessions

'The two most played sports in Brazil are a martial art called capoeira, which is acrobatic dance, and football, so a blend of the two is a good mix,' he said. 'The English can be robotic and it's all about being big and strong, but we look at the movement aspects.

'Manchester City is the place to be at the moment - like Chelsea was five years ago. We're trying to set something in stone.'

Three of the boys training - Kieran Kennedy, Paul Clowes and Luke Coulson - are on City's 'back fill scheme'. This enables 15-yearolds to take two days off school a week, with City paying for tuition to help them catch up.

Lowe believes an educated player will be a better player. They do not have to be educated in a formal sense, although he says last year's GCSE results were 'outstanding', but he wants 'players who can take on, rationalise and facilitate information and use it under pressure'.
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Academy players at the end of a training session shake hands with the coach Scott Sellers

Pass masters: head coach Scott Sellars praises the players after another successful session

The boys can take advantage of the extensive range of performance analysis tools, and learn to look after their bodies with the help of the three full-time physios. Lowe said: 'The players must be intrinsically motivated.

They must learn about success and failure themselves. It's about asking questions and getting answers. We want "response -able" players, players who can make their own decisions.'

It's Wednesday in the academy canteen, which means a roast dinner. Today it's beef with potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli and gravy or steamed cod in tomato sauce with salad, cheerfully served up by Cath. There is leek and potato soup, bread, yoghurts and fresh fruit on offer.

It's not all hard work. After eating, some of the lads play pool or PlayStation. Others watch TV. Striker Harry Bunn, 18 today, gets a cake and a rendition of Happy Birthday.

The mood is noticeably relaxed and banter is rife. But there are yet more messages on the walls. 'Fulfilling potential. Achieving greatness.'

Behind the serving counter are two blue boards. 'Academy Graduates' shows the 34 players, including Shaun Wright- Phillips and Micah Richards, who have progressed to City's f i r s t team s ince 1998.

'Academy Internationals' has 10 names, such as Fulham's Dickson Etuhu.

There is a whole crop of players hoping to join those lists.
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If Rangers win this cup final, it's because of Weiss . He's been the best player on the park since he has come on. Causing lots of trouble for Celtic with his dribbling.
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City Enter Champions League-Style U19s Tournament

Manchester City Football Club will compete against some of Europe's top clubs in a Champions League-style U19s tournament which starts in 2011-12.

Sixteen clubs including Barcelona and Inter Milan have confirmed their involvement in The Nextgen Series - a six-month format which allows the continent's top young footballers to compete against each other week in, week out for the first time.

Liverpool, Tottenham, PSV, Celtic and Sporting Lisbon will also take part.

Sanctioned by UEFA and the FA, the tournament has been established to help Europe's best teenagers make the transition from youth football to senior level.

Four groups of four teams will battle it out home and away from August, with the top two progressing to the knockout stages which begin in January.

The tournament is the brainchild of ex-pro and former Watford Academy manager Mark Warburton and TV producer Justin Andrews.

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'The Nextgen Series will provide a cognitive learning environment for players to experience how best to cope with the pressures of top-level football.'

Organisers believe young players will benefit from travelling abroad and facing new styles of play, as well as being officiated by top referees and having to deal with media interest.

Clubs confirmed include Barcelona, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Marseille, Sporting Lisbon, Wolfsburg, Molde, PSV, Celtic, FC Basel, Fenerbahce and Rosenborg.

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This was in the pipeline for a while. It'll be extremely useful, preparing out youngsters for playing foreign sides.

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I'll be attending the Celtic match. If I didn't have an important match myself I'd have gone Barca.`

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Seriously looks amazing, so exciting. We're becoming a world class club, and stuff like this bodes extremely well for the future. This is good not just for City, but East Manchester, where the club is investing heavily in the community, sourcing local labour and material. Can't wait to be able to go to the youth matches so close. 7,000 is a good capacity to have, we'll get a fair few down. EDS was sold out against Barca, and is expecting similar attendances against L'OM and Celtic.

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MANCHESTER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB HAVE SUBMITTED PLANNING APPLICATION FOR A PROPOSED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND FIRST TEAM TRAINING CENTRE.

The Club has today submitted a planning application following a six-week period of public consultation with local residents, fans and other interested parties, for a proposed youth development and first team Academy in the Openshaw West area of East Manchester.

The Club’s exhibition, which showcases the proposals and was a central component to the public consultation, attracted in excess of 7000 visitors online and in person and revealed a 97% approval rating from respondents. Opinions of the residents of East Manchester helped to shape the Club's planning application, the completion of which is expected towards the end of the year.

The proposed development of up to 80 acres of brown field land diagonally opposite to the Etihad Stadium and acquired by the Club over the past two years, would, should planning permission be granted, form part of the Etihad Campus as announced in early July this year.

The Club is pleased to release new visual images of the proposed facility, which form part of the application submitted to Manchester City Council and which are available for public viewing from today.

Key elements of the planning submission are as follows:

FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT

Manchester City has entered a new phase in the long term strategy set out by the Club’s owner three years ago. At the heart of this strategy is the focus on the recruitment and development of young players and whilst the Club already has a strong pedigree of nurturing young talent, the limits of what can be achieved with the existing facilities has been reached.

A comprehensive study by the Club of more than 30 elite sports development centres around the world over the past two years, has provided the blueprint for the plans submitted today. The potential realisation of these plans, together with the Club’s Academy Development Plan - an 18-month research program into youth development best practice - would signify the single most important investment in the Club to date.

The building of such a facility and the roll out of the Academy Development Plan would not only provide the Club with a competitive edge in terms of recruitment of players of all ages, but would also more than meet the requirements for a grade 1 Academy as set out by the Premier League's new Elite Player Performance Plan.

All aspects of the Club’s youth development, first team training and operations functions would be brought into the one location in the heart of East Manchester and would include:

* A home for up to 400 young players who will train and study alongside senior players, with a clear development pathway to the first team
* One half size and 11 full size youth development pitches
* One half size and 4 full size first team pitches
* On site sleeping accommodation and classroom facility for 40 young players to allow them to train and study in a safe and secure environment
* A carefully planned first team building with changing rooms, gym, refectory and injury and rehab centre
* A 7,000 capacity stadium for youth matches
* Staff offices and a dedicated media centre
* A bridge linking the site to the Etihad Stadium and the rest of the Etihad Campus

REGENERATION - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT

Subject to approval, the Club’s proposals would also build on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games in this priority area of the UK in terms of regeneration needs.

Around 160 construction jobs would be created during the project, 70% of them for local people. Permanent employment at a range of levels for up to 90 people is also likely with up to 80% of positions being made available for local residents. The Club is also committed to local sourcing of materials, equipment and services for the operation and construction of the proposed site.

The remediation of up to 80 acres of land alone would improve the local environment, which would be further enhanced by the planting several hundred new trees and almost a mile of yew and beech hedging around the perimeter of the site and all construction operations would be conducted under the highest possible environmental standards with low carbon, low water and low waste measures being employed to minimise impact on the environment and encourage local bio diversity.

Improved transport links - with the advent of two Metrolink tram stations due in 2012- together with the construction of a landmark pedestrian footbridge will bring further regenerative benefits to the area.

COMMUNITY

Manchester City Football Club’s strong commitment to its community began at its inception in 1880 and that commitment is still at the heart of the organisation. The award winning City in the Community scheme touches 200,000 lives a year, a figure which would rise significantly should the above proposals be endorsed.

The plans would enable the Club to widen its community reach, together with partners Etihad Airways, as it expands its programs around Football, Health and Activity, Community Cohesion and Skills and Enterprise.

The Club has already provided additional football facilities to be used by more than 10,000 local young people a year at the Football and Tennis Centre adjacent to the Etihad Campus and use of the proposed 7,000 capacity stadium and certain pitches on the site would increase that figure substantially.

Significantly, Manchester City Football Club has also dedicated up to 5.5 acres of the 80 acre site to further community use, which, led by Manchester City Council and reflecting local feedback, could include the building of an education facility and a Sports Institute.

Manchester City Football Club will also make a financial contribution towards proposed leisure facilities in the area which could include the creation of a swimming pool and potential future educational facilities.

Brian Marwood, Chief Football Operations Officer of Manchester City Football Club, said: “We are delighted that so many people have taken part in our public consultation, visiting the exhibition and responding so positively to our proposals.

"The feedback we have received points to a wide recognition by both local residents and fans of the significant regenerative and economic benefits of these proposals for the East Manchester area , which should not be underestimated.

"It is important to also make clear that the development and recruitment of youth talent is at the heart of our long term strategy of building a successful and sustainable football club for the future. The opportunity to build a world class facility supported by a well researched youth development plan would be a significant step in the realisation of that strategy.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The Etihad Stadium and Campus are at the heart of the regeneration of the wider East Manchester area and these plans will help accelerate that positive transformation.

"We welcome the principle of this proposed development which reflects not only the needs and priorities of the football club, but recognises and reflects the community's priorities too. It's another welcome demonstration of the club's commitment to the area and a boost for East Manchester and the city as a whole.

"This would not just be about creating another world-class sporting facility in the area, it will also create jobs and other opportunities for local residents. It's one of the earliest manifestations of how the partnership between Manchester City Football Club, the Council and New East Manchester will deliver significant community and economic benefits in the years ahead.

"It is also very significant that the club are setting aside land for community use. This will enable us to bring forward complementary proposals for additional community facilities which could include a new swimming pool and leisure hub."

The planning application can now be viewed online at Manchester City Council’s website or at the Council offices. The Club’s consultation exhibition with updated information and imagery reflecting the planning application is open to visitors Monday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 11am - 5pm (closed match days).

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Just got back from EDS match against Celtic. We lost 4-2 on a wet and windy night. Looks like some of our foreign lads didn't really fancy it to be honest. We attacked quite well but were woeful at defending. Only Rekik looked decent, and he was at fault for their first goal alongside Gunn in goal. Roman was useless, and would not track back on the right hand side of the pitch, exposing the full-back. Sellars got it wrong in replacing the right back rather than Roman. We're now out after losing three in three, we cannot finish in the top 2. Very disappointing, hardly bodes well for the future.

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