Manchester City is firmly anchored in the local community. The Club was founded in 1880 to combat social unrest and the commitment to support our local area has remained at our core ever since.
The Club’s Community Scheme, City in the Community (CITC), founded in 1986, touches more than 230,000 lives each year and our policy of beginning every single community programme in East Manchester before taking it to the wider region remains central to our ethos.
A similar community focussed ethos applies in the Club’s approach to infrastructure development.
Over the past five years, all projects, including the building of BT City Square and City@Home offices, have seen the Club commit firmly to sourcing materials and service suppliers locally wherever possible. No less than 60% of all jobs directly connected to the Club have been filled by those in the local Manchester community and 85% of materials are locally procured.
City Football Academy
The Club’s remediation of the City Football Academy site alone has seen every one of the 49 new jobs being recruited locally, more than two thirds of which were taken by the previously long term unemployed, thereby significantly upskilling the local workforce. 160 further construction jobs were made available for the wider construction of the project, to be followed by up to 95 permanent positions, all with an 80% local recruitment target. Again up to 85% of materials are being locally sourced.
Improvement of Beswick's Leisure and Educational Facilities
Following significant research and investment, construction work has recently begun by Manchester City Council, supported by Manchester City Football Club on the improvement of a 16-acre site in Beswick, East Manchester. The Club’s donation of 5.5 acres of remediated land on which the New Connell Sixth Form College will be located and its substantial financial contribution to the creation of leisure facilities for local residents is fundamental to the continuing development of the area, bringing with it further opportunities for local employment, upskilling and procurement.
There are also plans to improve local shops and changes to the road layout, public realm and car parking infrastructure to improve road safety and create a pedestrian friendly environment.
Stadium Expansion Regeneration Opportunities
Investment in Local Material and Service Suppliers
Should the planning application be approved and the stadium expansion go ahead, approximately 160 construction jobs and 110 match day jobs would be created in each phase.
The Club’s 80% local recruitment target means that all of these opportunities will increase the skills of those locally employed for the wider benefit of the community, whilst reducing C02 emissions by reducing road miles and transport.
The Club want the expanded stadium to be as sustainable as possible. This means introducing efficient energy systems, planning for best use of water, reducing waste, re-using and recycling wherever possible.
We will build on the work from the City Football Academy to respond to Manchester’s biodiversity strategy and needs. There will be detailed environmental and traffic impact studies examining how we can improve access to public transport, off-site parking, walking and cycling routes.
The way our stadium is built, and the materials we use to build it, are key to every infrastructure project that we undertake.