Club lends backing to new school near stadium
- 16 September 2009 16:24
Over 400 young people and parents attended an open evening at the City of Manchester Stadium for a brand new school being built in the shadow of the stadium.
The East Manchester Academy will open in September 2010 to provide a first-class learning environment for 11 – 16 year olds, initially with 180 places for Year 7 only, gradually building up to 900 pupils over the next five years. A Career Sixth Form for 60 pupils will also open in 2010 growing to 120 in 2011.
The new school will be a centre of excellence for two specialisms: the built environment and performing arts.
The school will have a theatre, recording studio, science laboratories, open plan art studios and a sports hall with facilities for range of sports including basketball, badminton, martial arts and table tennis. There will also be separate studios for dance and drama.
Spacious grounds will offer football and rugby pitches and practice areas, a cricket oval and an all-weather pitch and the campus will also include a new district library with a café for the whole east Manchester community to use.
Garry Cook, the club’s Chief Executive Officer, said: "I was very interested to hear the ambitious plans for the new academy and extremely pleased that their aspirations for a first-class school meets with our vision for a world-class club. With this shared goal we are committed to forging a strong and close relationship with the school over the coming years. The Club has done a great deal of work with the community over the years, which is something we are very proud of, and the Academy provides yet another opportunity to build on this for the benefit of local people."
The East Manchester Academy is sponsored by Laing O’Rourke and Bovis Lend Lease, as well as co-sponsors New East Manchester on behalf of Manchester City Council, and The Manchester College.
For more information visit www.theeastmanchesteracademy.org.uk.