Following the success of #SameGoals 2018, Manchester City has announced the return of the initiative for a second year running.
#SameGoals aims to inspire the next generation of female footballers by delivering footballs to every girl who sends in a video showing them scoring – or saving – a goal, this way each girl can keep playing and growing her passion for the game.
New for 2019, Manchester City will host a series of #SameGoals Football Festivals across a variety of global locations, including Manchester, the United States, Abu Dhabi and China, to provide girls with even more opportunities to play the game.
As part of the initiative, Manchester City will also provide their Cityzens Giving Young Leaders in Kolkata and Kilifi with support to organise football festivals aimed at promoting girls’ participation in their local communities.
Commenting on the return of #SameGoals, Steph Houghton, Manchester City captain, said: “Football is such an incredible sport to take part in. It’s fun, a great way to make friends and helps you to keep fit and healthy. We hope Same Goals encourages even more girls to give football a go and see how amazing it is.
“The entries submitted last year were unbelievable and I hope all those girls have kept practising and have some new tricks and skills to show us this year!”
Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football, added: “Everyone at Manchester City was delighted to see how many girls participated in last year’s Same Goals initiative and this year we want to reach even more young people.
“At Manchester City, we are committed to inspiring the next generation of female footballers, providing them with opportunities to play the game and showing them there is a pathway to the elite level.
“Last season, our local foundation, City in the Community delivered football programmes to almost 15,000 girls and women across Greater Manchester, over 4,000 more than the previous season.
“Whilst this shows the number of girls taking part in football continues to grow, we know there is still a gap to close. On a national level, the average number of boys taking part in the sport is still much greater and we hope that Same Goals encourages young girls across the globe to get involved with the beautiful game.”
The UK’s #SameGoals festival takes place on 9 March at the City Football Academy, where all of Manchester City’s teams train. Children and their families will be able to enjoy a range of football activities, including skill challenges, coaching clinics delivered by City Football Schools coaches and a series of mini tournaments.
Entry is free of charge and details of how to sign up and redeem tickets will be shared via the Club’s website.