Diversity and Inclusion
Manchester City remains committed to tackling discrimination in any form and engages in activities year round to ensure the Etihad Stadium remains a safe and welcoming place for all visitors.
The Club has continued to support high profile campaigns to tackle discrimination, including Kick It Out, Show Racism the Red Card and Football v Homophobia (FVH).
In August 2014, Manchester City supported LGBT Supporters Club ‘Canal Street Blues’ and the ‘Gay Football Supporters Network’ (GFSN) by sponsoring their activities at Manchester Pride. The Club also raised the rainbow flag outside the Etihad Stadium for the first time ever, coinciding with MCFC’s first home game in the 2014-15 season.
City worked with the anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out (KIO) on a number of new initiatives, including a 'One Community' tournament, bringing North West teams together to discuss and celebrate diversity, and Toni Duggan’s ‘Next 20’ Ambassadorial role.
Manchester City remains committed to tackling discrimination in any form and engages in activities year round to ensure the Etihad Stadium remains a safe and welcoming place for all visitors
In October 2014, the Club supported the Fare network’s ‘Football People’ fortnight of action, designed to challenge discrimination and celebrate diversity in football. Midfielder Yaya Toure pledged his support to the campaign, and City organised a number of activities including video features with female employees and a visit by Frank Lampard to a CITC powerchair football session for young players with disabilities.
For International Women’s Day the Club continued its support of Manchester City Council’s IWD awards, held an internal event to encourage and inspire female staff, and committed support to the ‘Inspiring Women in Sport’ campaign with a speed mentoring session for local girls interested in pursuing careers in sport. City Football Academy also played host to a football tournament for more than 300 young girls from 29 local secondary schools.
The Club came third for accessibility in the Premier League’s Visit Football 2014-15 and continued as members of Level Playing Field, the charity for disabled sports fans, and the Two Ticks ‘positive about disability’ scheme. Following the Etihad expansion, the stadium is also compliant with ‘Accessible Stadia’ guidelines.