Manchester City hosted a hugely successful Soccer Festival in Los Angeles ahead of their friendly with Real Madrid earlier this week, which attracted thousands of local fans.
The festival was held at the East LA Boys and Girls’ Club where City have been working with the local community since the Club last visited Los Angeles in 2011.
Young leaders from the area led the activities at the festival, after spending the week being trained by City in the Community coaches.
The players also unveiled a mural to celebrate the long-standing relationship between the project and City, and mark the ongoing commitment to help the lives of local people through soccer.
During the day, young players took part in City’s new soccer skills challenge competition: SkillCity, presented by Nexen.
Players and young leaders helped the aspiring players to test their abilities across a series of tasks including ball mastery, speed of movement, dribbling and passing.
Fans also took part in a range of exciting football activities and games along with enjoying the chance to learn more about the history of Manchester City.
Captain Kompany was hugely impressed by the event, saying: “Wherever we visit on tour, it’s always important for the players to get out into the local community and meet with our fans.
"We’ve been really inspired by all the great work that the young leaders have been doing here to enrich the lives of young people in East LA. Thank you to all the fans who have visited today!”
Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer of City Football Group, also visited the festival and commented: “The Manchester City Soccer Festival has been a great success and it’s been fantastic to meet with so many of our fans.
"City is committed to playing a key role in the East LA community and harnessing the power of soccer to help the lives of local people. It’s been a privilege to visit the East LA Boys and Girls Club again and strengthen our ties with this area.
“It was great to see so many young soccer fans taking part in the SkillCity challenge and enjoying all the activities – I hope they have enjoyed learning how to play the ‘City way’ and learn more about the Club.”
City will end their tour of the United States on Saturday when they tackle Premier League rivals Tottenham at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.