Manchester City encourage UAE girls to get involved in #SameGoals campaign, CITY+ launched

David Cooper - Writer 09:17 29/01/2020
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Manchester City have launched their latest #SameGoals campaign

Following the success of #SameGoals in 2018 and 2019, Manchester City is delighted to announce the return of the initiative for the third year running.

Aiming to inspire the next generation of female footballers, #SameGoals pledges to deliver a special limited edition football provided by PUMA to every girl who shares a video showing them scoring – or saving – a goal to grow her passion and help her focus on achieving her dreams.

To receive their free ball, girls need to post a video on Twitter, Instagram or TikTok that shows them scoring – or saving – a goal using #SameGoals. The goal can be scored, or saved, anywhere using any kind of ball; the more creative, the better. Alternatively, participants can upload their video at mancity.com/samegoals

To mark this year’s project, youngsters will also be given the opportunity to take part in specially organised football clinics both in the UK with four Manchester City Women players returning to their hometowns and also globally, including events in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

These sessions will be held with City Football coaches on Friday 7 February from 8.30am until 10.30am at Brighton College (Dubai) and on Saturday 8 February from 11.30am until 1.30pm at Zayed Sports City (Abu Dhabi) for children aged six and over.

Speaking ahead of this year’s #SameGoals campaign, Manchester City and England striker Ellen White said: “When I made the move here last summer, I could see immediately how much the Club cares about encouraging youngsters to enjoy playing football.

“Having an opportunity like Same Goals is something that I could have only dreamt of when I was younger and with an initiative like this, hopefully we’ll be able to make a difference and inspire as many youngsters as possible to achieve their dreams both on home soil and around the world.”

Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football, added: “Everyone at Manchester City has been delighted with the success of the past two years of Same Goals and we’re extremely excited with our plans for 2020.

“Our aim is to create a movement to get girls scoring goals. As a Club, we are committed to doing all we can to help develop the next generation of female footballers and by hosting these global football clinics and festivals, we want to show girls around the world that they can realise their potential.

“The players we have here at Manchester City are proof that hard work and determination can reap dividends and it’ll be brilliant to see them playing their part in helping to inspire as many youngsters as possible to succeed.

“Following on from their backing of our opening day Barclays FA Women’s Super League fixture against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium, we’re also delighted to have PUMA’s support with #SameGoals.”

*As this initiative runs on social media, participants under the age of 13 will need to request the permission of their legal guardian and submit their goals using their parent or legal guardian’s social media account. The deadline for #SameGoals entries is 23:59 on Sunday 15 March 2020.

City TV launched

Manchester City have launched CITY+, a brand-new content subscription, which is now available across all Manchester City digital platforms – mancity.com, Man City app and Smart TV.

The CITY+ subscription is designed to provide Cityzens with unrivalled access to new and exclusive City content. CITY+ will unlock access to full match replays of all men’s and women’s matches 24 hours after the final whistle, original CityTV productions, selected live women’s and academy games and much more. Fans around the world can sign up now with a 30-day free trial included.

To celebrate the launch of the new subscription, the Club has released an exclusive CityTV Productions documentary ‘Made in Gran Canaria’, chronicling the illustrious rise of City captain David Silva, who will be leaving the Club at the end of the season.

Silva is one of the most decorated players in City’s history, having lifted 13 trophies over the past ten years, as well as being a World Cup winner and European Champion with his national side, Spain. ‘Made in Gran Canaria’ features unprecedented access to home video footage from David’s childhood years and interviews with those who influenced his early career including his parents, grandparents, former teammates David Villa, Xavi and Andres Iniesta and City manager Pep Guardiola.

The documentary marks the latest in-house production from CityTV, following the release of the mini-series, ‘Fight ‘til the end’ which documented the final nail-biting 30 days of the Club’s historic 2018/19 season, and offers a sneak peek into the quality of content fans can expect from their CITY+ subscription.  Fans will also be able to live-stream the EDS squad take on Everton on 31st January and Manchester City women versus Arsenal on 2nd February.

Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing Officer at City Football Group, said: “Following the launch of our OTT platform last year, we wanted to continue enhancing the viewing experience for fans and offer greater flexibility to consume our content. We’re now rolling our exclusive content out across our digital estate.

“CityTV was given unprecedented access to David’s inner circle who provided a rare insight into the rise of one of the Premier League’s greatest players. Producing original and never seen before content for our fans is at the heart of our strategy and ‘Made in Gran Canaria’ will bring fans even closer to the stories of one of City’s most decorated players.”

Fans can sign up to a 30-day free trial, after which CITY+ is just £1.99GBP / month. For more information, visit https://www.mancity.com/City+

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