The Trafford Training Centre
, often referred to simply as Carrington
, is the training ground
base of English football
club Manchester United
. It is located in the village of Carrington
in Greater Manchester
. The main building was officially opened on 26 July 2000, six months after the first team's first training session at the complex, followed in 2002 by the Academy building, home to Manchester United's youth teams. The centre replaced The Cliff
as the club's training ground.
Inside the complex, there are training and rehabilitation areas, physiotherapy and massage rooms, and remedial and hydrotherapy pools. There are also squash and basketball courts, a sauna, steam and weight rooms, a restaurant, conference rooms, offices, classrooms, and a TV studio to interview players and staff for MUTV
. On the grounds, there are 14 football pitches of varying sizes, and two lagoons which are used as part of the waste water treatment system. due to the of fencing and 30,000 trees surrounding it, in order to prevent members of the media and opposition spies from viewing team tactics for upcoming matches.
The site covers a total area of , of which 71 are used by the club. The remaining land is rented to local farmers, and includes a small nature reserve, maintained by the club and the Cheshire Wildlife Trust
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