Manchester City Football Club has continued its long-term community commitment in Barranquilla through a training initiative that aims to inspire the next generation of football leaders for development around the world. For almost three years, Manchester City has been working with a network of young leaders from Barranquilla who are part of the Urban Football project, in order to use the passion for football to promote social harmony.
The project provides safe areas for youth to play football, as well as a connection with mentors who teach them how to avoid the daily threat of drugs and gangs. Using the experience of the Club's coaches, the training will enable 30 local youth and four Soccer For Peace teachers to hold workshops on leadership, life skills and how to use football as a tool to positively impact society. The week-long program culminated in a football festival for 100 children on the El Pueblo neighborhood, where the leaders put their new skills into practice, sharing with the community. This festival had five thematic stations, which articulated sports activities with the learning of social skills, under Manchester City methodology: teamwork, assertive leadership, tolerance, social pressure and cooperation.
Tom Pitchon, director of the City Football Group Foundation, said: "Manchester City's desire to enhance lives through football in communities around the world is stronger than ever. We are proud to have more than 100 years of experience to train young community leaders in Barranquilla ".
For its part, Stefany Arboleda, leader of the Urban Football project, says that "The simple fact that people from other parts of the world come to Barranquilla brings credibility to this initiative. Behind this training is a high-performance team, which is Manchester City, and we young people make the most of the opportunity to learn their methodology ".
About Manchester City Football Club
Manchester City FC is a club of the English Premier League, whose roots began in East Manchester in 1880 as St Gorton West of San Marcos. It officially became Manchester City FC in 1894, and has since won the European Cup Winner's Cup, four League Championship titles including two Premier League titles and five FA Cups.
Manchester City FC are one of four teams that make up the City Football Group and among its sister clubs are New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F-Marinos. Under the command of Pep Guardiola, one of the world's most decorated football leaders, the club plays at home and in the UEFA Champions League at Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000-seat stadium that City has been calling since 2003.
Today, the pitch is on the Etihad Campus, a larger venue, which also includes the City Football Academy, a leading youth development company, located in the heart of East Manchester. It is also where the Manchester City Women's Soccer Club and the Elite Development Squad train daily and play their competitive matches at home.