The Blues visit the City of Angels for their International Champions Cup match with Real Madrid at the Coliseum on Wednesday 26 July, with the Manchester City Soccer Festival set to take place three days prior on Sunday 23 July.
The East Los Angeles Club for Girls and Boys is the venue for this free event, which gives LA’s soccer-mad fans a unique opportunity to play alongside and meet City players.
Open from 10am-7pm, everyone is welcome to come along and test out their skills across the various games and challenges, whilst also receiving expert advice from City Football Schools coaches, learning more about the Club’s rich history and experiencing matchday at the Etihad Stadium in virtual reality.
With members of the Blues first team taking the time to meet local fans and join in with the drills from 3pm, any youngsters in attendance will also be able to try out the SkillCity challenge, presented by Nexen, between 10am-3pm with the top competitors contesting the final at 4.45pm.
If you’re aged between 5 and 14* you can showcase your skills in a series of challenges which will test your touch, speed, dribbling and passing ability.
Chief Operating Officer, Omar Berrada, is looking forward to taking the event to LA’s community of soccer fans.
“We’re excited to bring the Manchester City Soccer Festival to Los Angeles,” he said.
“Wherever the team travels in the world, it is important that we engage with the local community to help develop grassroots soccer and provide great experiences for our fans to enjoy.”
The festival sees Manchester City return to the site of one of its global community projects.
During the 2011 tour of the US, the Club, in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates Embassy, invested in the facilities at the East Los Angeles Club for Girls and Boys, where hundreds of local children have since benefited from soccer and education sessions.
City’s return will be marked by the unveiling of a new mural as well as upgraded facilities and equipment, which Berrada believes adds extra significance to the occasion.
“This festival is extra special for City as we are able to host it at one of our long-standing global community projects and further strengthen our connection with this area of East LA,” he added.
“There will be something for everyone at this event and I know our players will be looking forward to meeting many of our US fans.”
Pre-registration is required for this event. To book your place, please visit: mancity.com/soccerfestivalLA
*Please note: Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.