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International young leaders host football festival at CFA

International young leaders host football festival at CFA
On Friday, 30 young leaders from six cities around the world hosted a football festival for 200 primary school students at the City Football Academy to celebrate their part in the first Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit.

Players from Manchester City Women joined in the celebrations after a week-long leadership and development programme designed to enhance the confidence and practical skills amongst the young leaders. As part of the Club’s Cityzens Giving initiative, the leaders are delivering community football projects in their cities, addressing a range of issues affecting young people, including gang crime, HIV, obesity and inactivity.

The festival kicked off in style as the primary schools got to grips with a traditional KILO (chant) delivered by Cape Town project and then the young leaders were given some final words of encouragement from Manchester City Women, led by defender Emma Lipman. The festival saw the students take part in a variety of football activities meticulously planned by the youngsters.

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Callum Waterhouse, 20, from Manchester’s Cityzens Giving project Boots and Beats said: “This week has been an unbelievable personal journey for me. It’s taken me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to be a better person and a clearer communicator. I’ve grown in confidence and I’m excited to go back to Boots and Beats with the new skills I’ve learnt.  I’ve met so many amazing people at the Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.”

Tom Pitchon, Director of the City Football Foundation comments:

“This summit epitomises the power of football to change lives. We’ve brought together young leaders from different backgrounds, speaking a number of different languages and yet they all share the same goal – to make a difference through football. We’re equipping them with the tools they need to go out and deliver life changing projects in their communities. I feel immensely privileged to connect with such an amazing group of young people and proud of what they’re achieving here in Manchester and around the world.”

Cityzens Giving launched last year giving Cityzens the power to decide how City funded community football projects in six countries led by young people.

During the week, the leaders from Manchester, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, New York, Barranquilla and Cape Town have taken part in a variety of workshops to develop their leadership and football skills.  They were given leadership masterclasses by Rugby World Cup Winner Will Greenwood and 2013 Wimbledon Champion Marion Bartoli, they’ve delivered football sessions in local primary schools and met Manchester City Captain Vincent Kompany. 

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