Every vote in Cityzens Giving contributes to a global display of citizenship that makes a significant difference in communities around the world. Before fan voting opens for the six projects in this year’s campaign, we want to take a look back and share some incredible stories from the last 12 months.
Over 10,000 young people in 20 cities around the world have benefitted from community football projects led by inspiring Young Leaders.
30 coaches from Manchester City’s foundation, City in the Community travelled to each Cityzens Giving project to provide training for more than 500 Young Leaders equipping them with the knowledge and skills to tackle the most pressing social issues in their communities.
In June, more than 60 Young Leaders from across our global network of projects once again visited the City Football Academy for the fifth annual Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit. Made possible by Etihad Airways, the Summit’s official partner, participants attended on and off the pitch workshops to share knowledge and enhance their community coaching and leadership skills.
For the first time, our fans had a unique opportunity to see our Cityzens Giving projects in action and take part in fan volunteering activities that would create a life-changing impact on the local community.
Six fans from around the world were selected to visit one of last year’s Cityzens Giving projects – Water Goals in Bangalore.
Using the expertise of Manchester City’s water technology partner Xylem, the six fans worked alongside four local Xylem volunteers to build two clean water towers in two government primary schools. Each tower provides long-term, sustainable access to clean water for up to 1,000 people in the school and surrounding community.
Tanmay Ved, from Pune, India, was voted by fans around the world as the SAP Man City Community Hero and travelled to Bangkok to volunteer with Cityzens Giving’s Not Just for Kicks project, where he helped to transform and revitalize a community space in the city to create a safe and iconic area for young people to play football.
This year’s pre-season tour in Asia enabled Manchester City to support local young people in each city through community football activities. Over 500 children and young people participated in activities that used football to teach key life skills including teamwork, discipline and respect.
The activities included a Unified Football tournament and a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training through football session in Shanghai, a community football clinic in Hong Kong and an inclusive football training session for players with intellectual disabilities in Yokohama, in collaboration with sister Club Yokohama F. Marinos.
Manchester City’s global Trophy Tour provided another opportunity for the Club to support young people globally and bring the six trophies won in the 2018/19 season to different projects. Young people in Washington, São Paulo and Beijing also had the opportunity to take part in football festivals and activities alongside meeting City Legends Micah Richards and Paul Dickov.
Cityzens Giving 2019 launches on Wednesday, 13 November, when we will be revealing six new projects and voting will open for fans to decide how funds are split.
Keep a look out on www.mancity.com and don’t forget to CHOOSE YOUR CAUSE!