CHESTER CITY last night unveiled ambitious plans for a Football Academy, which the club hope will produce the Deva Stadium stars of tomorrow.
City chairman Stephen Vaughan said: "We have identified an available site in the Chester area, and the necessary funding has been put in place, which can be made available when we press the go button on the project.
"It is an extremely exciting project, and we have utilised a similar plan to the one used by Ipswich Town, who are arguably the most impressive club in the Football League when it comes to football academies."
Vaughan continued: "I have certain financial partners who are keen to invest in the project, as well as venture capitalists who are as excited as we are about the plans. "The scheme will go ahead as soon as we regain our place in the Football League.
"Whilst academy status isn't the exclusive domain of Football League clubs, the financial grants available to league clubs means that it makes economic sense to press all the relevant buttons, when we have gained our place.
"Obviously academies are the way forward for clubs of our size, and we see it as a scheme that can produce the Chester City players of the future, who will hopefully elevate us up the Football League divisions."
Vaughan was naturally reluctant to reveal the exact location of the proposed academy site publicly, until the purchase had been finalised.
Meanwhile, Chester will be aiming to extend their impressive Nationwide Conference run to 17 matches without defeat tomorrow when they welcome Margate to the Deva Stadium.
Manager Mark Wright has concerns about the fitness of central defenders Carl Ruffer and Phil Bolland who are both suffering from ankle injuries.
Chester have received an inquiry about the availability of out-offavour striker Mark Beesley, who turned down a move across the county to Northwich Victoria on Wednesday.
Vaughan confirmed the new approach last night.
"Colwyn Bay from the First Division of the UniBond League, have enquired about the players availability, so I will talk to Mark Wright about the approach," he said.