“I had to learn a new language in a new place:” ‘We Are City in the Community’ - Eddie’s story

The Club’s charity, City in the Community (CITC), has released another video in its participant story-telling series, ‘We Are City in the Community’.

Each month CITC is spotlighting its work and programmes through the voices and stories of its participants across Manchester.

The fifth video sees Eddie discuss his journey from Sao Tome & Principe to Oldham and how the CITC BTEC course has turned him into a strong, confident athlete.

Eddie said: “Through the course, now I feel more confident, even with the ball, when I’m playing with my teammates.

“The course has also made my mental health right and it makes me enjoy being around people on the course and it always means I am looking forward to learning.”

Coaches deliver a holistic education of football, supporting those who want to develop their skills and abilities on the pitch as well as receiving a classroom-based education.

The programme provides an opportunity for students who are passionate about football and their education, to combine the two as part of this course.

City's Dutch international defender Nathan Ake visited a session at the City Football Academy, where he took part in a session focusing on health and nutrition.

As well as discussing his own nutritional plan with BTEC students Nathan took part in a quiz all around important nutrients and the best things to eat before playing football.

The curriculum provides students with an insight into what life would be like coaching in an academy setting through the way in which CITC staff deliver sessions.

The team currently delivers in four sixth forms and colleges – Oldham College, Cheadle College, Ashton Sixth Form College, Connell Co-op College.

Coaches are able to adapt their approach, the content and physical activity session in order to best meet the requirements of the college/group that they are working with.

The Charity’s reporting for the year started in September 2022 and since that date CITC have reached more than 300 participants across more than 700 sessions.

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To find out more, visit www.mancity.com/CITC or follow them on social media @CITCmancity.