Our Official Technology Partner Cisco has extended its commitment to Cityzens Giving - City Football Group’s global initiative to empower Young Leaders in cities around the world to tackle social issues through the power of football - through the launch of a new digital learning network.

As part of the new initiative, Cisco technology will drive year-round connectivity across Cityzens Giving projects globally.

Through a mix of virtual round-tables, expert sessions and knowledge exchanges, the digital learning network will foster connectivity and collaboration throughout the year, equipping Young Leaders with the skills, confidence and support systems they need to continue improving young lives through football.

By deepening the connectivity between Young Leaders in more than 20 cities, Cisco is helping us to accelerate this impact for young people all around the globe.

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The initiative kicks off with a global digital Summit this week connecting more than 250 Young Leaders from 23 cities to share learnings in community football, participate in valuable discussions, and engage in fun collaboration.

The Summit utilises Cisco Webex to enable Young Leaders to connect remotely as they exchange ideas and enjoy interactive sessions on topics such as leadership in uncertain times, and effective communication skills and techniques for remote programme delivery.

This extended commitment builds on Cisco’s existing support of Cityzens Giving in Mumbai where Young Leaders are using football as a tool to enhance children’s education, provide tuition assistance to those who are struggling in school and offer support and mentoring to reduce drop-out rates.

It also supports Cisco’s broader commitment to positively impact the lives of one billion people by 2025.

Tom Pitchon, Director of City Football Foundation, said “As our global community network continues to grow, technology plays an integral role in ensuring high quality connectivity for impactful learning.

“We are very excited to further integrate Cisco’s expertise within Cityzens Giving to bridge the physical divides between Young Leaders, enabling good practice to flow around the world.

“By equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need through the new digital network, we are working collectively to ensure they continue to develop and have a positive impact in their communities.”

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“At Cisco, we believe that technology is the bridge between hope and possibility, and a key part of creating an inclusive future for all,” said Brian Eaton, Director of Global Sports Marketing at Cisco.

“Our involvement with Cityzens Giving is one of the most meaningful parts of our partnership with City Football Group and aligns perfectly with our global commitment to creating pathways for education and training for future leaders.

“We look forward to offering our solutions to further support these inspiring efforts to address social issues facing our world today.”

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