DUSC staff members Mauricio Maya (Academy, Camps, City Soccer) and Diana Salinas (Camps, City Soccer) were 2 of 60 inspirational young leaders chosen from around the globe for a life changing experience at Manchester City.

City Football Group’s global community was centre stage as City Football Academy opened its doors for the annual Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit.

Mauricio Maya (2nd from left) enjoying an activity in Manchester

Mauricio Maya (2nd from left) enjoying an activity in Manchester

Official Cityzens Giving Young Leader Summit Partner, Etihad Airways, generously helped to connect these young leaders by flying them from 14 projects to Manchester.

This year they welcome returning leaders from Manchester, New York, Melbourne, Cape Town, Kuala Lumpur, Barranquilla, Kolkata, São Paulo and Ghana as well as from the latest additions to the City Football family in Beijing, Bandung, Mexico City, Abu Dhabi and Hanoi.

The third Young Leaders Summit enabled participants from a growing network of Cityzens Giving projects to access leading edge training in community football and share learning about how they are using the game's unifying power to impact their communities.

For the first time, these returning young leaders took charge and co-delivered the summit with City in the Community coaches, using the knowledge and experience gained over the years to enhance the new young leaders confidence, leadership and community football coaching skills.

The 2017 Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit – in partnership with Etihad Airways - enjoyed a successful finale as participants delivered two football festivals.

Having grown in confidence throughout the week, the young leaders put into practice everything they had learned and demonstrated their community coaching and leadership skills.

Diana Salinas (far left) celebrating the achievements of youth players participating in the youth festival. 

Diana Salinas (far left) celebrating the achievements of youth players participating in the youth festival. 

First up was a festival for 240 local children before Manchester City fans and staff reaped the benefits of their skills in the afternoon.

The Young Leaders Summit concluded last evening when the leaders’ development and success was acknowledged at a graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to Mauricio and Diana!  We are so proud of your accomplishments and look forward to you bringing back the knowledge and skills that you acquired!

For  more information on the Young Leaders Global Summit go here

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