Manchester City’s Official Foundation has its hands on 18 strips from the team’s 1-0 Wembley win over Tottenham Hotspur last month, to help raise funds for their new mental health project.
However, time is running out as fans will only be able to bid on the signed shirts until Thursday, May 20 at 5pm via Charity Stars.
Every penny raised will go towards City in the Community’s new mental health programme, which harnesses the power of football to help provide support for thousands of people aged 14 to 25.
A dedicated team has developed a new mental health curriculum, blending specially adapted football sessions with one-to-one mentoring and group workshops on mental health awareness, to improve mental wellbeing.
Additionally, specific mental health themed football sessions will be delivered from youth clubs across Manchester, enabling participants to enjoy physical activity whilst also accessing the benefits of one-to-one mentoring and group workshops.
These sessions will continue throughout the school holidays, offering support and food provision at a time when young people are most vulnerable to suffering with their physical and mental health.
Staff have been trained to help identify, support, and refer potential mental health issues for any participant.
The programme forms part of the wide-ranging ‘Cityzens Giving for Recovery’ initiative, which aims to make a positive difference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic via targeted projects near each of City Football Group’s ten clubs.
Funds raised from this auction will go towards ensuring that the new mental health programme can continue for a second year, when many will still be managing the impact of COVID-19 on their wellbeing.