Thursday, July 22, 2010

Manchester City Football Club Unveils Rooftop Field at Spanish Harlem Elementary School

First-of-its-kind Manhattan rooftop field at P.S. 72 Lexington Academy is part of club's long-term commitment to the communities it serves

NEW YORK, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Manchester City Football Club today celebrated the dedication of a team-funded soccer field located on the roof of P.S. 72 Lexington Academy in Spanish Harlem. Christened as "City@School," the lighted, synthetic grass rooftop facility is the first-of-its-kind in Manhattan, and will be for the exclusive use of the elementary school and its students. The launch marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership with children across New York having access to Manchester City's award winning coaching and education programs.

Manchester City players including Shay Given, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Vladimir Weiss and Patrick Viera -- as well as team executives and guests from the embassy of the United Arab Emirates were on hand to recognize the club's first long term investment for the New York City community.

"Social responsibility and community engagement are deeply-seeded in Manchester City Football Club's heritage," said Manchester City FC Chief Executive, Garry Cook. "Everyone involved with Manchester City is part of the 'City family,' and for that reason, we're thrilled to extend our reach into the Spanish Harlem community."

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