In the period July 2019 to March 2020, before activities began to be curtailed by the pandemic, we worked regularly with more than 38,000 people in Manchester, more than last season, despite the shorter period.

We continued our free football initiatives across the city, delivering 3,500 hours of free football before and after school and in summer holidays. In total, we delivered 21,600 community sessions and 1,278 free meals, and 263 people gained qualifications through our programmes.

We were incredibly proud to celebrate ten years of the One City disability football programme with a football festival for participants from all our ‘One City’ teams attended by players from the men’s team. The initiative first began in 2009, with the launch of the pan-disability (junior and adult) and mental health football sessions and we have since launched a further eight disability football teams: power-chair, amputees, girls-only sessions, deaf, cerebral palsy, down’s syndrome and visually impaired, with the tenth being the dwarfism team, launched in January 2019.

Premier League Kicks was relaunched in November with a visit from the Under-18 Academy boys to celebrate a further three years of funding for the programme, which engages young people in positive activities through their passion for football, whilst also addressing topics covering everything from equality and inclusion to youth violence and knife crime. Young people reported a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour as a result of their participation in the programme.

City Play, our physical activity programme for two-to-five-year-old children in nurseries and schools, and our Inspires programme, which works in education settings to develop life skills, both delivered very high scores in terms of their outcomes.

This year’s Christmas in the Community campaign was bigger and more impactful than ever before. More than 14,000 items were donated to nine Greater Manchester charities, and more than 300 footballers and staff – including Pep Guardiola, Ferran Soriano, and men’s, women’s and youth players – volunteered to help sort, wrap and deliver the gifts. We also threw a ‘Young Carer’s Christmas Party’ for 54 young carers from five Manchester high schools.

More than 5,000 items of Manchester City kit were donated to 50 charities, schools, grassroots teams and Official Supporters Clubs, travelling as far as Cape Town, Kenya, Cape Verde, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

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