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Manch­ester City Women’s Foot­ball Club and James Hors­field and An­gus Gunn from the EDS side, to of­fi­cially open a £350k multi-use foot­ball pitch which will be used by stu­dents at the school and young peo­ple from the sur­round­ing area.

Funded by the Pre­mier League and The FA Fa­cil­i­ties Fund, the pitch and chang­ing fa­cil­i­ties lie within the grounds of the col­lege on 5.5 acres of land do­nated by Manch­ester City Foot­ball Club as part of its City Foot­ball Academy (CFA).

Con­nell Sixth Form Col­lege was built to pro­vide the young peo­ple of east Manch­ester with qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources, and the new pitch will al­low City in the Com­mu­nity to de­liver its flag­ship City Pathways three-year course, for pupils in year 10 and 11, de­signed to en­gage them and en­cour­age them to achieve through sport.

The event on April 22 saw play­ers train­ing with par­tic­i­pants from the City Pathways pro­gramme, with for­mer stu­dents Con­nor Hughes and Mo­hammed Aden de­liv­er­ing a foot­ball ses­sion with play­ers.

Bacary Sagna said: “Foot­ball is an in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful sport and if we can en­gage with stu­dents on the pitch, not only to help them main­tain a healthy life­style, but to build con­fi­dence in other life skills, that can only be a good thing.

“This has been a great ex­am­ple of how City in the Com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to make a dif­fer­ence in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

● Bacary Sagna, An­gus Gunn, James Horse­field and Paula Radtke with stu­dents at the new pitch launch

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