Manchester City Football Club (Manchester City) and Etihad Airways have joined forces to develop youth leaders around the world, who are tackling social issues in their communities by delivering youth-led football projects.
Returning for its third year, the Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit welcomed more than 50 young leaders from Manchester City’s global network of community projects to City’s state of the art training facility, City Football Academy. The week-long programme saw leaders from Manchester and 11 cities in India, Africa, Southeast Asia, China, Australia and The Americas, take part in a variety of on and off-the-pitch workshops to develop and enhance their community football leadership and coaching skills.
As the Official Summit Partner, Etihad Airways connected young people from the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi with their peers by flying them over to Manchester. The young leaders are working in community football in Abu Dhabi and used this as an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skill base.
The Abu Dhabi representatives joined other leaders from projects in Beijing, Bandung (Indonesia), Mexico City, New York, Melbourne, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, Barranquilla (Colombia), Kolkata and São Paulo.
The delegates, aged between 16 and 30, are currently delivering community football projects addressing a range of issues affecting young people, such as gang crime, substance abuse, HIV / AIDS, obesity and creating safe spaces for children to play football. For several delegates, this was their first experience of international travel.