Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit returns for sixth year


The Cityzens Giving Young Leaders Summit, presented by Etihad Airways, is back for a sixth year – and for 2020, the event is going digital.

This year, we are bringing together 250 young leaders from community football projects in 23 cities around the world for a week of interactive online training to equip them with the skills and confidence to support recovery efforts in their communities.

In the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic, this year’s Summit will be live streamed across three time zones, to empower young leaders to promote COVID-19 recovery in their communities through the power of football.

The event follows last month’s successful launch of Cityzens Giving for Recovery, City Football Group’s transformative initiative aimed at bringing staff and fans together to help our communities get back on their feet in the wake of the pandemic.

As part of Cityzens Giving for Recovery, we are matching donations for the funding of nine recovery-linked projects near each of our clubs (up to a total of $900,000 matched against all donations received on or by 31 August).

For 2020, the Young Leaders Summit will be led by City in the Community coaches and young leaders from Melbourne, Manchester and New York.

Participants will undertake tailored seminars and workshops on a host of key topics including leadership in a crisis, adapting community football for social distancing, delivering impact remotely and promoting COVID-19 recovery through football.

These core sessions will be supported by a new high-profile guest speaker series focused on sharing inspiring leadership journeys and lessons with Young Leaders over the course of the week.

The 250 Young Leaders participating stem from a diverse range of cities across the globe, including Melbourne, Manchester, New York City, Bandung, Bangalore, Barranquilla, Beijing, Cape Coast, Cape Town, Chicago, Guangzhou, Kilifi, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo and Washington.

Gabby, 21, a Young Leader in Melbourne, “Being a Young Leader gives me a great sense of pride. All the children are unique in their own way and it is amazing to watch them grow individually, week in and week out. We are lucky that we get to watch the next generation of Young Leaders work together and form a tight community. It is always great to see and speak to Young Leaders across the world and share our own experiences and knowledge to help each other grow.” 

To find out more about Cityzens Giving for Recovery and donate, click here.