In June 2015, the first Global Young Leader Summit was held at the City Football Academy, bringing young leaders from six cities around the world to Manchester for a week-long leadership and development programme.
The 30 under-25-year-olds came from Cityzens Giving projects in Manchester, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, New York, Barranquilla and Cape Town. They are currently delivering community football projects addressing a range of issues affecting young people, including gang crime, HIV/AIDS, obesity and inactivity.
The summit consisted of an experiential training programme designed to develop leadership and community football coaching skills, as well as sharing examples of how to use football to address social issues. Participants benefited from the leadership expertise of former rugby player Will Greenwood and Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli. The programme culminated with the young leaders organising and delivering a football festival for 200 children from local primary schools.