City boss Pep Guardiola has helped raise more than £6000 for the Club’s foundation, City in the Community, by donating his famous matchday cardigan for auction.
At the FA Cup final on 18th May, which saw Manchester City win an unprecedented fourth domestic trophy of the season, Guardiola announced he would be giving his hooded cardigan away to raise money for City in the Community.
The money raised will go towards funding City in the Community’s healthy food provision, which sees participants of the free school holiday community programmes provided with free meals during their sessions.
This initiative forms part of City in the Community’s wider aim to support families in Manchester during school holidays.
The winner of the hooded cardigan is James Hodge, who lives in the USA and is a big Manchester City fan who cannot wait to receive his very own Guardiola memento from the 2018/19 season.
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City manager, said: “I am delighted that this auction has raised so much for City in the Community and thank you to everyone who has donated for such a great cause. It is also fantastic to be able to give something personal to the fans whose support helped us achieve incredible success last season.”
Mike Green, Head of City in the Community, added: "“The response to the auctioning of Pep Guardiola’s cardigan has been fantastic, and we are delighted to see this incredible amount raised for City in the Community. We want to say a huge thank you to all the people who donated and to Pep for supporting us in this way.
“City in the Community’s free holiday football programme provides a fun environment for children across Manchester to keep active during school holidays. The addition of a free meal during the sessions helps us further support families in the local area, giving them access to healthy food in addition to exercise.
"These donations will go a long way to ensuring we can continue this provision throughout the summer and into next season.”