Manchester City and Xylem invite football fans to vote for young heroes tackling global water challenges

23 November 2022

Manchester City Football Club's global community program, Cityzens Giving, and global water technology leader, Xylem are inviting football enthusiasts to vote for their favorite project on the occasion of the second edition of the Water Heroes Academy . From November 22 to December 5, fans around the world can vote for one of five new football and water projects from young leaders working to address global water challenges in Buenos Aires, Cape Coast, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, and Mexico.

Young leaders participating in this year's program are tapping into the power of football to provide essential water, sanitation, and hygiene education in hopes of addressing specific challenges in their communities. Projects include improving access to clean water in underserved communities in Buenos Aires and Cape Coast, building flood-resilient communities in Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur, and raising awareness of water sustainability. water in Melbourne.

The project with the most votes will allow these young leaders to live an exceptional experience by discovering the Etihad Stadium. They will learn more about water challenges and solutions, and receive additional training on improving the health and well-being of young people in their communities. Each of the Water Heroes Academy projects will receive funding, educational tools, training, and mentorship from Xylem and Cityzens Giving, providing young leaders with the resources to create their own programs.

The Water Heroes Academy is a joint initiative between Cityzens Giving and Xylem that aims to positively impact 20,000 young people over the next four years. Last year, the program hosted more than 75 young water leaders and provided life-saving education to more than 6,000 young people in São Paulo, Bombay, Cape Town, New York, and Shanghai. Bombay was the winning project, having received thousands of votes. Delivered in collaboration with Magic Bus India Foundation, the project aims to improve local access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

"In my community, many children don't have access to clean water at school, which means they get sick and can't go to class due to health problems," says Varsha, a young leader of the Bombay team. "I am motivated by the opportunity to improve the lives of people in my community through awareness and education. I am incredibly proud to contribute to the development of my community and to have a positive impact on the lives of young people through to my experience with the Water Heroes Academy."

“We are thrilled to be working with Xylem to honor five new Water Heroes Academy projects and celebrate our young leaders Cityzens Giving who are all having a profound impact on their community,” said Tom Pitchon, Global Foundation Director, City Football Group. "It's great to have welcomed our heroes from Bombay to Manchester last season, and we look forward to welcoming the young leaders of this year's most popular project. So vote now!"

“We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Manchester City and the global network of young water leaders through the Water Heroes Academy programme,” said Randolf Waters, Senior Director, Partnership and Branding, Xylem. "By highlighting the work done by these incredible water leaders at the local level, we hope to inspire more young people to take part in initiatives to address water challenges and drive positive change on a global level. I encourage football fans to support our water heroes and vote for their favorite project."

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About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water treatment technology company committed to addressing critical water and infrastructure challenges through innovation. Our 17,000 diverse employees achieved $5.2 billion in revenue in 2021. We are creating a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management, and by helping communities in over 150 countries to become water safe. Join us at .

About Manchester City Football Club

Founded in 1880 as St Mark's West Gorton, Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club. Officially becoming Manchester City FC in 1894, it has since won the European Cup Winners' Cup, eight Champions League titles, including six Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) and six FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of 12 clubs in the City Football Group and its sister clubs include New York City FC and Melbourne City FC.

Under the direction of Pep Guardiola, one of the most decorated managers in world football, the Club will play their domestic and UEFA Champions League matches at the Etihad Stadium, a spectacular 55,000 seat stadium where City have called home since 2003 Today, the stadium is located on the Etihad Campus, which also includes the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art youth training and development center located in the heart of Manchester East. Featuring a 7,000 capacity stadium, City Football Academy is also where Manchester City Women's Football Club and the Elite Development Squad train daily and play their home matches.

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About Cityzens Giving

Cityzens Giving is an award-winning global program that empowers young leaders to use football as a tool to promote the health of children and young people in cities around the world. The projects are run by young people, for young people, with the involvement of City Football Group supporters, staff and partners, including volunteering, fundraising for donations and project support. In addition to long-term grant funding, young leaders will have access to football and community leadership training from Club coaches and networking opportunities with other community football projects. This initiative includes one-on-one in-country training, remote assistance, and regular meetings to ensuring the flow of know-how and learning. Each year, Cityzens Giving supports over 1,000 young leaders to positively impact the health of thousands of young people in 25 cities around the world.

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