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City to host free football festival in Beijing

CITY ON TOUR: Meet the players at our football festival in Beijing.

CITY ON TOUR: Meet the players at our football festival in Beijing.

Manchester City will host a free football festival in Beijing on Sunday 24 July, as part of the Club’s pre-season tour of China.

The Manchester City Football Festival will take place at the Century Golden Shopping Centre from 10am to 7:30pm with activities for fans of all ages.

Members of the Manchester City first team and development squad will also be visiting the festival and the team’s new away kit will be officially launched.

Throughout the day, fans can take part in football skills sessions with the Club’s City Football Schools coaches and learn more about Manchester City’s history in the Fan Zone.

Fans will be able to have their photo taken with the English Football League Cup that City are the current holders of, after winning the final in February this year. There will also be live music and opportunities to win merchandise signed by the players.

During the afternoon, fans at the festival will be the first to see the new 2016/17 season away kit live as members of the Manchester City squad will unveil the new design.

Club partners, including Etihad Airways, will be hosting a range of activities to engage with local fans and the Club will also be delivering training programmes to local community football coaches.

City ambassador, Mike Summerbee, will be in attendance to meet fans who can also take part in an exclusive Q&A session with him.

Omar Berrada, Manchester City Chief Operations Officer, commented: “The Manchester City Football Festival in Beijing is a unique event that will bring our Chinese fans closer to the Club than ever before, in an exciting and engaging environment.

“As well as preparing the team for the season ahead, the pre-season tour of China also provides us with the opportunity to strengthen our local fanbase and demonstrate the Club’s commitment to having a long-term presence in the country.” 

Fans can register for free tickets for the Manchester City Football Festival, and receive a limited edition T shirt, at www.chinatour.mancity.com. There will also be free walk-up access on the day. 

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