Manchester City remains committed to tackling discrimination in any form and engages in activities year round to ensure the Etihad Campus remains a safe and welcoming place for all visitors.
The Club formed a new internal Equality Working Group to focus on equality and diversity-related issues and examine the best ways to promote best practice.
Over the course of the season, all Manchester City players have taken an active role in celebrating diversity in football. The following players have performed notable ambassadorial duties:
Yaya Toure – Fare Network Ambassador
Toni Duggan – Kick It Out ‘Next 20’ Ambassador
Steph Houghton – UEFA Women’s Football Development Ambassador
City continued to work closely with Football v Homophobia (FvH) in 2015-16, and the initiative’s campaign launch was held at the Etihad Stadium in February 2016. The match against Spurs was the nominated game of action, with FvH delivering a workshop for City in the Community participants on breaking down barriers.
In April, the Club supported Level Playing Field’s Weeks of Action with match activations at City v West Brom, where City in the Community’s Down syndrome team formed a guard of honour as the teams walked out.
City in the Community run a number of football programmes for young people with disabilities, and this year the ‘One City’ disability football programme was formally recognised as the Northwest Football Awards ‘Community Initiative of the Year’.
The Club ran a series of workshops during Black History Month in October 2015, and continued to work with anti-discrimination organisations Kick It Out and the Fare Network.
A series of activities were held for International Women’s Day 2016, including community visits by Manchester City Women’s players, the announcement of Manchester City Women’s first ambassador Sylvia Gore MBE and a number of interactive internal staff events.
The Premier League’s match attender survey reported that 96% of female respondents agreed that the Club provided a safe and welcoming matchday environment for women.
As part of the European Club Association’s initiative ‘90 Minutes for Hope’, the Club donated €1 for every ticket sold in their first round Champions League match against Juventus along with all clubs in the UEFA Champions and Europa League group stages, collectively raising €1.3 million to support the refugee crisis.