In 1986, Manchester City FC formalised a century of commitment to social responsibility with the foundation of its charity, City in the Community (CITC).
Now more than 30 years old, with the support of passionate fans CITC uses the ‘football effect’ to promote health, confidence, safe spaces and pathways into training and jobs for young people, working with 40,000 individuals in Greater Manchester each year.
This award-winning model, developed over three decades, has inspired the community outreach undertaken by each of City Football Group’s majority owned clubs, and in 2015 New York City FC and Melbourne City FC each launched independent charities, also called City in the Community.
The three charities share best practice, knowledge and expertise to enhance their impact and understanding.
Young Leaders: Developing tomorrow’s community football leaders
Through an integrated programme combining face-to-face training, remote mentoring and digital networking, City Football Group supports the development of young leaders aged 16–25 around the world to deliver innovative community football programmes tackling pressing social issues. Each year, Leaders from Manchester, New York and Melbourne join Young Leaders from the Group’s international community projects in Manchester for an annual summit at the City Football Academy, and local training takes place year round, with support from City in the Community Manchester coaches.