City to showcase community work at Villa Park
- Wed 08 Aug 2012, 5:12PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
Will Greenwood will be host for a special dinner to reflect on the charity work undertaken by the club over the 2011/12 season at the Community Shield on Sunday.
With the new Premier League season drawing ever closer, Will Greenwood, City supporter and Rugby World Cup winner, will be hosting a very special event at Sunday’s Community Shield designed to showcase Manchester City’s community projects from the 2011/12 season.
It was at the same event last year that the Shoot for the Moon partnership between MCFC and Sport Relief was launched, and 12 months on, the Club want to show the progress that has been made thanks to the support of thousands of people both in Manchester and around the world.
City legends Alex Williams and Paul Lake will both be in attendance for the event and will provide an update on the Club’s charity partnerships with Action for Blind People and the Factory Youth Zone, and on the Connell Awards.
The Connell Awards were launched last season to recognise and reward local people who helped to sustain a community football or urban sports programme over a number of years.
Hundreds of children benefit from these awards which include a monetary one off donation to help fund the incredible work that charity workers and volunteers in Manchester undertake each year, promoting healthy and positive lifestyles for young people in the region.
Seven awards were issued last year, including the following community groups: Ardwick Boxing club, AFC Clayton, Dominoes Netball Club, Company Fierce Academy dance group, Abraham Moss Warriors, Ashbury Primary School and Reachout!
“It’s an opportunity for everyone to reflect on some of the great work that we’ve done over the past year,” said Paul Lake, CITC Ambassador
“We want to let people know exactly what impact their generosity has had on our local community, and explore the opportunities we have to change even more lives in the future.”
The event will also be used as a platform to introduce a new club community webpage which will be a channel for fans to discover more about City in the Community projects and various auctions where users will be able bid for unique items of City merchandise, knowing that their money is going towards making a positive change in our local area.
The first prize to launch the site will be a trip to a Champions League group match, with flights and accommodation included.
The site will also be a hub where visitors can find out details of upcoming community fundraising events like the soccer schools and CITC projects.