In 2018/19, Manchester City and its partners donated £400,000 to six community football projects run by young leaders in cities around the world, as part of the annual Cityzens Giving campaign.
As a partner of Manchester City, Xylem was proud to support a safe water project in Bangalore. Our Water Goals initiative – the largest recipient of the donation after winning a public voting contest – combines football, safe water education and clean drinking water towers in the heart of the community, to help prevent water-borne illnesses and keep children in school.
The Safe Water project gained more than 450,000 votes from players, partners and football fans around the world and received £92,000 in funding as a result.
For the sixth consecutive year, Manchester City asked supporters to make a difference to communities across the globe. £400,000 was once again donated by City Football Group and its partners, to six community football projects run by young people for young people, with fans deciding the split.
We are excited to reveal Xylem's Cape Coast’s Safe Water project tied for the most popular projects and gained 24% of the overall vote.
In 2018, 12 boys and their coach from the Wild Boars Thai junior football team became trapped deep in a cave system for more than two weeks.
A Xylem team joined the Thai-led rescue mission, offering expertise and advice that helped lower water levels, contributing to the successful recovery of the boys and their coach.
Five months later, Xylem and Manchester City Football Club returned to the area. Manchester City coaches trained the young Boar football players, before helping the community tackle local water accessibility challenges by building a clean drinking water tower with the team.
This campaign celebrated the best City goals scored each month, they just keep coming!
This campaign gave the limelight to the unsung heroes of football: defenders. Because the tackles that stop goals at one end can be as vital as those scored at the other.
Manchester City’s monthly montage of standout defensive performances offered exclusive content for fans, via a theme that links back to Xylem and our goals… to be as efficient when it comes to water as City’s economical back line.