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Man City welcome brave youngsters to team picture

MAGIC MOMENT: Brave patients from the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital pose with the Manchester City squad

MAGIC MOMENT: Brave patients from the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital pose with the Manchester City squad

Brave youngsters from Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital were welcomed as honorary team members for the day, as they got the chance to join Manchester City’s men’s and women’s teams for their annual squad photo shoot.

Upon their arrival at City Football Academy, the City mad youngsters aged six to eleven, were each presented with a brand-new 2018/19 home kit and a range of goodies in preparation for meeting their footballing heroes. 

As the players arrived for their shoots, the groups were able to get their shirts signed, and two patients even had the chance to have a kick around with some of the women’s team.   

Sitting on the front row alongside City manager, Pep Guardiola and the Club’s record goal scorer, Sergio Aguero was a dream come true for Blake, George, Charlie and Thomas, who are all receiving on-going treatment at the hospital for a range of illnesses. 

City left-back, Benjamin Mendy, welcomed the boys as if they were his official teammates, making lots of jokes and funny faces during the photograph.  

Benjamin Mendy jokes with two of the brave children

Talking about his experience, Blake, a patient at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, said: “When I was told that I’d be part of the official team photo I was so excited! To meet Leroy Sane and the rest of the team was a fantastic experience. I had such a great day, thank you!”

Donna O’Reilly, Senior Community Fundraising Officer for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity added: “We’d like to extend a big thank you to Manchester City for inviting some of our patients to be a part of their official team photo.

"The children absolutely loved being welcomed by all the players and had an unforgettable day, giving them memories they will treasure forever.

"The club are always thinking of our patients and different ways to give them a treat whilst going through difficulties at hospital. We are extremely grateful for all the support they’ve showed us over the years.”

After the photograph, the youngsters were surprised with tickets for Manchester City’s next Premier League home fixture, which for some would be their first time seeing the team in action at the Etihad Stadium. 

The youngsters also sat in on Manchester City women's official team photograph

The experience forms part of the Club’s long-standing relationship with the hospital.

Earlier this season, patients joined the squad on their champions parade through Manchester city centre and the Premier League Trophy and Carabao Cup also made a special visit to the children’s wards with Club mascots, Moonbeam and Moonchester. 

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity will be conducting a bucket collection at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 20 October 2018 before our Premier League home fixture with Burnley. 

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City Football Group (CFG), the owner of football clubs, including Premier League Champions Manchester City, and football-related businesses in major cities around the world, has become the first global football organisation to open a second hub in China.

CFG executives were joined at One Shenzhen Bay by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who visited Shenzhen at the end of a trade delegation to China.