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Season 2011/12

Summer tour: Blues to build field of dreams

  • 21 July 2011 23:48
  • Posted by David Clayton

Manchester City FC is proud to announce a project that will enhance the lives of hundreds of children in the East Los Angeles area of California.

City, together with the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington DC, will fund, design and lay a new Field Turf football pitch at the East LA Boys and Girls Club, leaving a long-lasting legacy that will be similar to the roof-top pitch project in Lexington, Spanish Harlem.

The Boys and Girls Club is the heartbeat of the largely Hispanic local community and provides a safe environment for youngsters to learn in, play and meet under the supervision of a team of dedicated volunteers.

Football is the one sport that one and all enjoy at the club, but the current facilities include ageing goals with torn nets and an uneven, bone hard playing surface.

Thanks to the new project, however, a brand new all-weather pitch will be laid and completed by the autumn.

...Blues building a field of dreams.

City’s new Football Development Executive Patrick Vieira was on hand to break the ground of the old pitch before delivering an inspirational speech to more than 200 youngsters.

“To help kids realise dreams is something I have a passion for and to be able to be in East LA to announce this amazing project though City and the UAE Embassy is fantastic,” said Vieira.

“I’m delighted to work for - and be associated with - a football club who want to help enrich the lives of children in this way.”

City Soccer in the Community Coaches will work alongside the current volunteer coaches to enhance the children’s development as East LA Boys and Girls’ Club becomes part of the Manchester City family.

Gary Hopkins, City’s United States representative, who helped identify the club and has overseen the project added:  “Everyone associated with Manchester City Football Club from the owners, management, players and fans can once again feel proud that City has committed to leaving a lasting legacy of true importance in a community it has visited.

“This pitch really will be a field of dreams for inner city kids in Los Angeles who live and breathe soccer, but lack opportunities to play, and as with  New York last year, we continue to deliver real and sustainable programs to kids that need it most.”

Watch the day’s events in this exclusive video.

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