Fans can see the inner workings of City Academy on the First Team Experience tour

Manchester City has launched an exclusive, access-all-areas pass of City Football Academy’s first team facility, allowing fans to go behind the scenes and walk in the footsteps of Manchester City players.

The First Team Experience Tour will give City fans the chance to see the inner workings of the impressive facility and gain a deeper insight into its first team and how players train and prepare for each match.

Only available during selected dates over the 2017/18 season, the three-hour expedition is hosted by the Club’s former Kit Manager, Les ‘Chappy’ Chapman, and promises plenty of fascinating stories, facts and anecdotes from the man who worked behind-the-scenes for nearly two decades. 

Commenting on the First Team Experience Tour, a Club spokesperson said: “Manchester City has always prided itself on allowing fans to get closer to the club they love.  Whether it’s behind-the-scenes content like CityTV’s Inside City and Tunnel Cam, or in person with Family Fun Days in the indoor pitch before games for kids, there is something for everyone.”

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As the Club’s most intimate and premium tour experience, fans are guided through the players changing rooms, where it isn’t uncommon to see Vincent Kompany’s kit freshly hung on a clothes peg; and the boot room where an array of brightly-coloured boots hang straight off the training pitch. 

Guests will then be taken on a guided tour of the gym areas, the 16.5 pitches that occupy the ground and the analysis theatre where tactics and game play are discussed. 

Kicking off in the Etihad Stadium, with a drinks reception in the state-of-the-art first team dressing room, the event culminates with a tour of the players’ private lounge and dinner in the team restaurant. Guests are treated to a nutritious three-course buffet, curated by the team chef, which reflects the food City players are typically served for optimum performance.    

Tickets costs £199 per person: more information on the website