Kids of Miami Score With New Pitch
- Sat 10 Mar 2012, 8:12AM
Innovative Partnership Between Manchester City and UAE Embassy Provides First-Class Playing Field and Coaching for Kids at Boys & Girls Club in Miami
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade have this week unveiled a new, first-class football pitch at its Hank Kline Club facility located in Miami. The FIFA approved synthetic pitch will introduce football to the children of the Hank Kline Club and directly benefit hundreds of kids served by the Club in the Miami community. The Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club will also provide coached football programs on a year-round basis.
The field was a gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, DC. The initiative is part of the Embassy’s partnership with Manchester City Football Club, which first began when the Team toured the United States in the Summer of 2010.
The Embassy and Manchester City have teamed up to provide deserving children access to quality playing fields in US communities along with Manchester City’s award winning and completely free coaching and education programs.
UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba, Manchester City Club Ambassador Mike Summerbee, and hundreds of kids were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the field this afternoon.
“We are incredibly thankful and excited for this gift to our community,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
Bringing the sport of soccer to this community will give our kids a terrific opportunity to learn this wonderful game from a world-class organisation. Our entire area will benefit from this soccer field now and for generations to come.
...Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade...
“We are delighted to be a part of bringing the sport of soccer to this fabulous community,” said Ambassador Al Otaiba. “The Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club offers vital support and programming for hundreds of kids throughout this area. The club is an important and deserving organisation to receive this field.”
The City Soccer in the Community (CSITC) program will provide ongoing support, coaching and quality programming for this community field in the years ahead.
Sarah Lynch, Managing Director of City in the Community, said: “Social responsibility and community engagement are deep seated in Manchester City Football Club's heritage. Everyone who gets involved with our club becomes part of the 'City family,’ and for that reason, we’re delighted to extend our reach into the Miami-Dade community.”
This is the third football pitch that the UAE Embassy and Manchester City have worked together to build and gift in the US. In the Summer of 2010, the organisations teamed up to dedicate a roof-top field at Lexington Academy school in Spanish Harlem, New York City, and in the autumn of 2011, The Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles were given a new pitch at their facility. The programs have benefited each community and have served as models to bring soccer programming and facilities to additional US cities around the country like Miami. Additional pitches are planned for other US communities in 2012.