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Construction kicks off again at the Malaga Academy in Arraijanal

Work on the site restarted on Monday.
Work on the site restarted on Monday. / ÑITO SALAS
  • After more than two years of delay, equipment has arrived on site to start work on a scaled back first phase of the club's new 'sports city'

The building works at Malaga's new Academy, or 'sports city', finally started on Monday at the Arraijanal site, close to Malaga Airport.

With constructors Hermanos Campano at the helm, the work on the new facilities has been resumed after two years stopped due to lack of financing.

The severely scaled-back plans for phase one of the ambitious project will focus on building the playing fields and the bare minimum of facilities necessary for the 'sports city' to function.

The 'mini Academy' will be made up of two artificial grass pitches but not the third, turf, pitch that was originally planned. Changing rooms and a small car park will also be built.

It will be a sports complex very different to the one originally planned, but it will be completed little by little when the club can.

The current works have a budget of around three million euros which represents a very significant reduction compared to the initial project costs.

Who can use it?

The club is currently looking into how best to use the facilities. With only two pitches in the plans for now, instead of three, a maximum of four teams can train at one time.

The club will need to evaluate how to balance the needs of all age groups of its youth teams, as well as decide whether the reserve team, Atlético Malagueño, or the women's team can play their home fixtures there.

According to SUR sources, all youth operations will be run from here and therefore it will be in operation practically all day, every day.