Wednesday 13 February 2013

Manchester City stars get in The Factory Youth Zone

Edin Dzeko, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic help launch new City in the Community programmes

  • Edin Dzeko and Matija Nastasic display their creative skills at The Factory Youth Zone

  • City in the Community has developed a strong link with the Factory Youth Zone

  • Dzeko, Nastasic and Scott Sinclair were also a dab hand with a paint brush

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Three Manchester City players helped launch a range of new City in the Community programmes at The Factory Youth Zone last week.

"I'm delighted that CITC has been able to develop this relationship to give more opportunities to young people in our local area"
Mike Green

Edin Dzeko, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic made the short trip over from the Etihad Stadium to Harpurhey, to lend their support to City in the Community's [CITC] latest projects at a special open day attended by hundreds of visitors.

Activities held at the £5m state-of-the-art facility opened by Yaya and Kolo Toure nine months ago, included painting, gymnastics, skateboarding – and for Man City fans there was an opportunity to have their photo taken with the Barclays Premier League and Community Shield trophies.

The City players took part in golf, basketball and football challenges with a group of young people before turning their artistic talents to the mural at the centre,

"The Factory Youth Zone was named as MCFC's East Manchester partner charity just over a year ago," said Mike Green, Head of City in the Community (CITC) Delivery.

"I'm delighted that CITC has been able to develop this relationship to give more opportunities to young people in our local area. This partnership is further evidence to support MCFC's commitment to our Manchester community."

Range of programmes in pipeline

CITC will deliver a range of programmes for local young people from The Factory Youth Zone, developing the partnership that began in the 2011/12 Premier League season.

These new projects involve a variety of activities including football, dance and basketball every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening and are free of charge.

Kate Vokes, Chair of The Factory Youth Zone, said: "As a charity we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses so we are delighted that the City in the Community Foundation has chosen to support The Factory Youth Zone.

"The Factory is a place where young people aged 8-21 are supported to fulfil their potential and make positive choices so they can lead happy, healthy lives, and the partnership with City will help us achieve this ambition.

  • London 2012 Olympian Karina Bryant shows off her bronze medal at the Etihad Campus

City hosts red-belt rumble

London 2012 Olympic medallist Karina Bryant was present at the regional red-belt rumble judo competition hosted by City in the Community Foundation at the Etihad Campus late last month.

"Every young person left with great memories of the day from competing in a sport they love, to seeing the Premier League trophy close up and even meeting a London 2012 medal-winning Olympian"
Lee Mannion

Judo competitors from three Premier League and two Championship clubs attended the event with Newcastle United, Everton, Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers represented.

Over 100 young people competed throughout the day in what was a great advert for Premier League 4 Sport and much of the other good work undertaken by City in the Community.

Bryant, along with former Beijing 2008 Olympian Michelle Vidler, answered questions from the young competitors and their parents and helped encourage and inspire the youngsters with the message to keep working hard at the sport.

Whilst the Judo was continuing the event was then visited by the Premier League and Community Shield trophies, both currently held by Manchester City.

This added even more excitement to the day as the young people had a brief talk about the trophies and had the opportunity for group and individual pictures.

The day was a huge success and everyone involved commented on the high standard of judo and the huge smiles on the children’s faces.

"The day couldn't have gone any better," said Manchester City’s PL4S Coordinator Lee Mannion. "Every young person left with great memories of the day from competing in a sport they love, to seeing the Premier League trophy close up and even meeting a London 2012 medal winning Olympian.

Premier League 4 Sport is an initiative run by City in the Community Foundation in conjunction with the Premier League. For more information visit the official club website www.mcfc.co.uk or email lee.mannion@mcfc.co.uk.

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Key Points

  • Manchester City players help launch new range of City in the Community programmes
  • Edin Dzeko, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic attend open day at The Factory Youth Zone
  • London 2012 Olympic medallist Karina Bryant attends red-belt rumble judo competition