Breaking down Chinese walls: Man City hit 350k mark

August 14 – Manchester City has delivered more than 10,000 sessions to over 352,000 young people, aged 6-19 years old in the past 10 months as part of its football schools programme.

Working in conjunction with the China Education Association, Manchester City has now completed its second year of football school programmes that has seen a team of coaches from City Football Schools supporting its ‘School Football Education’ project and developing PE teachers and coaches.

The coaches have delivered programmes in eight of China’s provinces and the club says that it will be growing its activity in China further.

Man City are the sharp end of owner City Football Group’s (CFG) activity in China. CFG, is 13% owned by CMC (China Media Capital) and is in partnership with Chinese institutional investor CITIC Capital. CMC is China’s leading media, entertainment, sports and internet investment company. CMC is China’s leading media, entertainment, sports and internet investment company.

Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer for City Football Group, said: “We are delighted by the success of our football school programme in China and the number of young aspiring footballers we have reached.

“Our presence is China is continuing to grow and the continued support we receive from fans is fantastic. We now have offices in Shanghai, our first team visited China on last year’s pre-season tour and we have just teamed up reality TV show Football Mania. It’s a very exciting time for Manchester City in China.”

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