Cityzens Giving is back.
Manchester City’s global community initiative has returned for a fourth consecutive year as we again ask fans to make a difference to the lives of people around the world.
City Football Group and its partners have pledged £400,000 to the campaign, which will fund community football projects delivered by inspiring young leaders who are attempting to tackle pressing societal issues.
It’s up to City fans in Manchester, New York and Melbourne to decide how this funding is allocated between six projects and we are calling on you to vote for the cause which inspires you the most.
The more votes a project gets the more funding it will receive.
This year’s projects are located in Manchester, New York, Melbourne, Bangkok, Guangzhou and Los Angeles and aim to promote girls’ empowerment, connecting communities, social inclusion, crime prevention, disability inclusion and healthy lifestyles, respectively.
The Club will work with established charity partners in each city, with each project combining the work delivered by young leaders with pitch building and refurbishing, when required.
You can find out more about each project and vote for your preferred cause at: www.mancity.com/cityzensgiving
City Football Group Chief Executive, Ferran Soriano, spoke of his pride as the campaign got underway.
“Since the Cityzens Giving initiative launched in 2014, we have trained 750 young leaders in 18 cities around the world who have in turn, worked with 23,000 children and young people in their communities.
“We are immensely proud of our community work that empowers better lives through the universal language of football.
“By placing fans at the heart of the decision making we are creating a truly connected global community.”
Young Leader Roosevelt, 19, is a shining example of the positive impact fans' votes can have on the lives of others.
Hailing from Manchester, the aspiring musician has been on quite the journey since he first came on board with City’s family of global community projects in 2015.
Combining his two great loves – football and music – Boots and Beats was the project Roosevelt attended in Manchester and is something he feels has been a great benefit to both himself and the wider Manchester community.
“Cityzens Giving is really important because in certain communities you really need projects like this to make sure young people are happy, learning and developing new skills which will help them for the future,” he said.
“It changed my life. It’s made me understand who I am as a person and opened my eyes to a lot of things.”
Cityzens Giving builds on the blueprint, expertise and work of City in the Community over the last 30 years.
This global footprint continues to expand and currently we support community football projects in 18 cities around the world, providing both funding and training to enhance these projects and empower young leaders to address social issues affecting their communities.
In addition to the six projects included in the year’s campaign, City Football Group is also continuing to fund projects in Beijing, Bandung, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cape Coast, Kolkata, Cape Town, Barranquilla and Kuala Lumpur.