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As a result of the Football Aid events with Manchester City FC over the years, Field of Dreams has been able to award over £17,000 to Manchester City’s nominated charity, Manchester City in the Community (CITC) towards a variety of initiatives. 

As part of CITC’s work to engage with different people at all levels within the Manchester community, last season’s award of £3,950 has been used to fund weekly football sessions for young people from black and ethnic minority communities in the Moss Side and Fallowfield areas. The grant covers the costs of coach fees, pitch hire, administration and equipment and the aim of the project is to encourage young people to work together, enjoy a healthy pastime, and make constructive use of their free time.

CITC organised ‘girls only’ football taster sessions in 2005, with the aim to encourage more girls to play football. CITC’s Director of Community Affairs, Alex Williams MBE recently got in touch to tell us how successful the project has been.

"The project was to encourage more girls in primary schools in Manchester to take part in football in the build up to the 2005 Women's European Championships in the North West.  The taster sessions took place in primary schools around Manchester in an effort to not only encourage more girls to play football but to attract players for MCFC's ladies team also.“

“We worked with 1020 girls in 17 schools and the better players were given information regarding MCFC ladies!  The girls were able to take part in a healthy activity in a safe, non-competitive environment and we learned that girls enjoy playing football in single sex groups more than mixed groups. For the future, we hope to access funding to recruit a full time Women's Football Development Officer. Thank you to Football Aid/ Field of Dreams for your great contribution to this project"

Furthermore, the money raised has also helped to run weekly football sessions for young people excluded from mainstream education and to provide strong administrative support for CITC.

In 2004, Manchester City also nominated The Genesis Appeal to receive a grant of £1,000 towards the first Breast Cancer Prevention Centre in Europe.

January 2010 Update - £6,187 to City in the Community, founded in 1986, it aims to forge closer links between the Club and the local community. With a team of 20 full time and 30 part time staff CITC run projects based around four key areas: Sport & Adventure, Health & Lifestyle, Young People and Skills & Enterprise. 

"As ever we are very grateful for the support of Football Aid. The money we have received will help support our Kickz projects, which is helping to change the lives of hundreds of young people in Manchester."