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City in the Community (CITC) hosted a girls' football tournament as part of their week of International Women's Day (IWD) celebrations.
More than 300 aspiring footballers from 29 local secondary schools took part in the event hosted at City Football Academy, with the aim of representing Manchester City at the annual Premier League Schools Tournament in May 2015.
To give the girls extra motivation, Manchester City Women's Issy Christiansen joined teammates Abbie McManus, Paula Radtke, Emma Lipman, Alex Brooks and Chelsea Nightingale to meet the youngsters and act as referees. The Blue Coat School in Oldham became the eventual winners.
Blues' forward Issy Christiansen commented: "This event was a real reminder of how much passion there is for grassroots girls football and I love the idea that I could help inspire girls to progress in my sport.
"The whole MCWFC squad spend time at events like this every single month; we want to make it clear that there are real pathways for young players to get in to elite sport, particularly at Manchester City. What better to show girl power than by hosting an event like this ahead of International Women's Day."
Hannah Steele, City in the Community's Women and Girls Coordinator was overwhelmed by the positive reaction on the day: "It's been a fantastic event with some really quality football being played. Manchester City are very passionate about creating solid pathways for girls to get into football and to have positive role models like our women's team at the City Football Academy is a real boost for the participants. Being able to show young women that there are opportunities for them to be involved in football both on and off the pitch is really important across the board at City."
City in the Community has been providing opportunities for girls to play football at all levels since it was founded in 1986. In addition to the City in the Community's core programmes, five female specific initiatives have been developed to encourage and inspire even more women and girls to in to football.
Since September 2014, these five initiatives - including free half-term soccer schools and an after school provision - have engaged more than 500 girls aged 6-14 years. CITC are currently delivering in excess of 20 hours of footballing opportunities for women and girls every week across Manchester.
The tournament illustrates one of the many activities the Club are doing to celebrate women in sport. Throughout March, Manchester City will be showcasing some of their favourite moments from women's football, while shining a spotlight on some of the sport's unsung heroes on and off the pitch, including a few of our very own Manchester City Women.
The Club will also be working with the National Football Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery to celebrate women in football and their achievements to date with a series of activities and events.
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