Last month, coaches from City in the Community delivered Young Leader training in Vietnam for the fifth consecutive year as part of the Club’s Cityzens Giving initiative.
After a successful four years in Hanoi, the coaches engaged a new cohort of young leaders from SOS Children’s Villages in Da Nang, Hue, Dong Hoi, Quy Nhon and Pleiku.
All told, 40 Young Leaders participated in three days of training designed to instil in them the skills and confidence to use football as a force for social good in their communities.
The Young Leaders will now be putting their learning into practice as they plan for and deliver a community football festival in Da Nang in May for nearly 200 children from five SOS Villages.
Tom Pitchon, City Football Group Foundation Director said: “We are proud to be working with SHB Bank to deliver Cityzens Giving Young Leader training in Da Nang for the first time, following four successful years in Hanoi, to help upskill young people to use football for social good.
"We want to equip these young leaders with the confidence, leadership, and coaching skills they need to be able to have a genuine impact in their local community.”
Since the partnership began, City in the Community coaches have trained a total of 160 Young Leaders from 11 SOS Villages in Vietnam, who have taken what they have learned to deliver community football sessions to other children in their communities.
Mr. Nguyen Van Le, General Director of SHB said: “The Young Leader programme is an effective tool to connect young people around the world through diverse and advanced teaching methods from Manchester City.
"We hope the programme will empower young dreams, develop passions, so that in the future, they will be the ones who spread the fire, desire, pass on the enthusiasm to their friends in their villages, to overcome difficult situations and excel in their life.
"Thereby, they will together create beautiful values for the community.”