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Rydal Penrhos is inspiring its pupils with the opportunity to compete at the Manchester City Academy

Posted by Jo Golding | September 14, 2018 | Sports & Leisure

As part of an ongoing partnership between Rydal Penrhos and Premier League champions Manchester City, many pupils have the chance to compete at separate tournaments at the Academy site.

The site, which cost £200 million to construct, 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, and was conceived following the takeover of the Premier League club by Sheikh Mansour in 2008.

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.”

To play at such a grand venue like the Manchester City Academy complex is fantastic for their overall development

Year four will be the first to visit the site for a special tournament featuring other teams from the North West on 14 September, before year two and three will make the trip for a Football Festival on 21 September.

This will be followed by year one attending another Football Festival at the site, where coaches will put them through their paces to give the youngsters a taste of what top-flight football is like. Rydal Penrhos is well known for the sporting achievements of its pupils.

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