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Guardiola's cardigan to help families in Manchester

19 Jun 2019
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City

Auction for Man City head coach's iconic clothing raises £6,000 to help offer free meals for local kids

After being a mainstay on touchlines last season, Pep Guardiola's iconic cardigan is now going to help families in Manchester over the school holidays.

Manchester City's manager offered the grey cardigan to be put up for auction after winning the Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in 2018/19.

The auction raised money for the club's official charity, City in the Community (CITC).

City fan James Hodge, from the United States, won the auction, agreeing to pay more than £6,000.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated for such a great cause," Guardiola told the club's official website.

"It is also fantastic to be able to give something personal to the fans whose support helped us achieve incredible success last season."

Family support

The funds will help provide free meals to kids taking part in CITC's free community programmes in Manchester that take place in the school holidays.

For families whose children receive free school meals during term time, it can be a struggle to provide the same level of food when the schools break up.

"The addition of a free meal during the sessions helps us further support families in the local area, giving them access to healthy food in addition to exercise," said Mike Green, head of CITC.

"These donations will go a long way to ensuring we can continue this provision throughout the summer and into next season."

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