HE City in the Community team has been hard at work in the past weeks.
As well as launching its City in the Community Celebration Week on April 19 and hosting an amputee training camp in partnership with England Amputee Football Foundation at City Football Academy, on Wednesday, April 22, it welcomed City’s first team, women’s team and EDS side.
The pro players helped to launch state-of-the-art football facilities at Connell Sixth Form College, close to the club’s Etihad Stadium.
City right back Bacary Sagna joined defender Paula Radtke from 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.”