City stars find home in north

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

South Manchester Jewish football teams could rub shoulders with Manchester City stars of the future in a £1.5 million sports venue which opened in Cheadle this week.

The Henry Guterman Community Sports Centre provides a first central location for sports training and events for Jews in the area. It features five all-weather floodlit football pitches, two grass pitches and a netball and tennis court. A pavilion incorporates four changing rooms, a lounge area and a physiotherapy room.

Manchester City and League Two outfit Macclesfield Town have both approached the centre about using its facilities for academy coaching.

South Manchester Sports Club's 11 Jewish football teams moved to the venue on Wednesday. Cricket and table tennis teams will also use the newly developed three-and-a-quarter acre site. It is adjacent to North Cheshire Jewish Primary, whose pupils will have daytime use of the facilities.The centre will also be used by sportswear company Umbro, which donated £50,000 towards construction, and is also available to local sports teams.

It is named in memory of the communal and interfaith leader who died in 2007 and whose family made a significant financial contribution towards the project. Grants totalling £770,000 were received from the Football Foundation and Sport England.

Last updated: 10:21am, February 4 2011