The city’s official foundation, City in the Community (CITC), is delighted to announce that former player Nedum Onuoha has joined its board of directors.
Onuoha grew up in Miles Platting, just minutes from the current location of the Etihad Stadium, before representing his childhood club between 2004-12.
The former defender will now play a pivotal role in helping to make decisions for CITC and shape their work in Greater Manchester.
Commenting on the nomination, Onuoha said, “I am absolutely delighted to be honest.
“Considering my background as a person, as a player and having seen the work of City in the Community for many years, this is perfect.
“Manchester is my home. The city is my club. To hear what their [CITC’s] are ambitions and being asked to help take it to the next level is just fantastic. “
Nedum joins eight other board members, including senior City Football Group executives and local business leaders, who meet quarterly to discuss the association’s strategic priorities and decisions.
City in the Community Manager Mike Geary said: “We are extremely happy to welcome Nedum to City in the Community as an administrator, whose journey with us actually started as a participant in the schools of soccer.
“His experience growing up in East Manchester and his understanding of the region will be an invaluable addition to our Board of Directors.
“We first met Nedum to discuss the opportunity earlier this year and were blown away by his passion to make a genuine and lasting difference in our city. This role will mean more than just program visits; Nedum will be able to join us in making decisions that have a tangible impact on the people of Manchester.
“We would like to take the time to thank Nedum for his support and look forward to working closely with him in the months and years to come. “
Throughout the month of October, City in the Community also celebrated its 35th anniversary.
Commenting on the anniversary, Onuoha added, “I think the fact that this charity has been around for 35 years speaks volumes.
“You look at a football club and you think of the stadiums on a match day, but from Monday to Friday the charity can have access to the whole city itself. Thus, their reach is potentially much greater.
“Through football, through something that people love; it’s a way of getting involved and I think it’s huge. There are a lot of people here who go out of their way to help you in any way they can, and to me that is invaluable.
“35 years for me is the start of a journey that will continue for a very, very long time. This is invaluable to me and I love what they do, but the best thing about it is that there is more to come.
Since its creation in 1986, the City’s Official Foundation has helped improve living conditions through football in Greater Manchester. Reaching thousands of people each season, CITC continues to deliver award-winning programs with health, education and inclusion benefits.
To mark its 35th year, CITC kicked off a month-long celebration earlier this month, which ended with takeovers in City’s FW Women’s Super League game against West Ham on Sunday October 3 and the match at City’s Premier League home with Crystal Palace on Saturday, October 30.
The campaign includes an exclusive CITC 35 raffle, giving fans the chance to take Etihad flights with pocket money, concert tickets for club prizes and more via www.mancity.com/PrizeDraw.
Every penny raised in October will go to support the association’s new mental health program, City Thrive, which was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help provide support to thousands of young people.
In Manchester, the long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health has been highlighted as a major concern for caregivers and parents.
To help tackle this problem, a dedicated team developed a new mental health program, combining specially tailored football sessions with one-on-one mentoring and group workshops on mental health awareness, to improve well-being. be mental.
In addition, specific mental health-themed football sessions will be delivered by Manchester Youth Clubs, allowing participants to engage in physical activity while enjoying the benefits of one-on-one mentoring and group workshops.