Manchester City hosts fifth annual Young Leaders Summit at City Football Academy

  • As part of Manchester City’s global community work, over 60 Young Leaders from 17 cities around the world travelled to Manchester for week-long event
  • Summit is part of the Cityzens Giving campaign, which provides funding and training for young people in 18 cities around the world, helping tackle social issues through the power of football
  • Activities during the week included leadership development, community football workshops and organising a football festival for local primary school children

Manchester City, alongside Etihad Airways, has delivered the fifth annual Young Leaders Summit, celebrating another positive year for the Club’s Cityzens Giving campaign by connecting the global network of community projects the Club supports.

Since 2014, Cityzens Giving has provided project funding and training for young people in 21 cities around the world to tackle social issues in their communities through the power of football. Over 20,000 children and young people have been impacted through the initiative so far, with 420 hours of Young Leader training taking place during the 2018/19 season alone.

Etihad Airways, the Official Summit Partner, flew the Young Leaders into Manchester to take part in the week-long programme at City Football Academy. Leaders participated in a variety of workshops, both on and off the pitch, delivered by City in the Community coaches to equip them with the skills and confidence to deliver football sessions in their local communities.

During the week, the group also met women’s player Esme Morgan, gaining insight into her experiences of becoming a professional footballer, and organised a ‘Same Goals’ football tournament, part of the Club’s wider Same City, Same Passion initiative, themed around the Women’s World Cup. This put into practice the skills they developed during their Young Leader training, alongside a football festival which invited children from schools across Manchester to the Etihad Campus to take part.

Cityzens Giving supports youth-led community football projects in global locations including New York City, Los Angeles, Beijing, Hanoi and Bangalore. Manchester City partners Etihad Airways, Xylem, SAP, SHB Bank and Nexen Tire also closely support projects and training in these cities by providing additional expertise in market.

Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City, commented:

“We are very proud to see our community footprint continue to grow, both here in Manchester and around the world. Cityzens Giving, alongside our partners Etihad Airways, SAP, Nexen Tire, SHB Bank and Xylem, provides resources and support for young people to make a real difference within their communities, using football as a powerful tool to do so.

“The fifth annual Young Leaders Summit has once again showcased the incredible dedication and confidence of our Young Leaders, demonstrating how football can truly bring people together and how impactful this initiative is.”