Manchester City and Xylem invite football fans to vote for young heroes fighting global water challenges

The Xylem Water Heroes Academy celebrates five inspiring projects related to football and water in cities around the world

WASHINGTON, November 23, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Manchester City Football Club’s global community program, Cityzens Giving, and global water technology leader Xylem (NYSE:XYL) are inviting football fans to vote for their favorite projects for its second edition. Water Heroes Academy. From November 22 to December 5, fans around the world can vote for one of five new soccer and water projects from young leaders working to solve global water challenges in Buenos Aires, Cape Coast, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Mexico.

Young leaders participating in this year’s program are using the power of soccer to provide basic water, sanitation and hygiene education in hopes of solving specific challenges in their communities. Projects include improving access to clean water in underserved communities in Buenos Aires and Cape Coast, building flood-resilient communities in Mexico City and Kuala Lumpur, and raising awareness of water sustainability.Water in Melbourne.

The project with the most votes will allow these young leaders to experience an exceptional experience exploring the Etihad Stadium. They will learn more about water issues and solutions and receive additional training on how to improve the health and well-being of young people in their communities. Each of the Water Heroes Academy projects will receive funding, educational tools, training and mentoring from Xylem and Cityzens Giving, providing young leaders with the resources to build their own programs.

The Water Heroes Academy is a joint initiative between Cityzens Giving and Xylem that aims to positively impact 20,000 youth over the next four years. Last year, the program welcomed more than 75 young water leaders and provided life-saving education to more than 6,000 youth in Sao Paulo, Bombay, Cape Town, New York and Shanghai. Bombay became the winning project by collecting thousands of votes. The project, implemented in partnership with Magic Bus India Foundation, aims to improve local access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.

“Many children in my community don’t have access to clean water at school, which means they get sick and miss school because of health problems,” says Varsha, a young leader of the Bombay team. “I am motivated by the opportunity to improve the lives of people in my community through education and awareness. I am incredibly proud to contribute to the development of my community and positively impact the lives of young people through my experience. Water Heroes Academy.”

“We are thrilled to honor five new Water Heroes Academy projects with Xylem and celebrate our young leaders who are making a profound impact on their communities,” said Tom Pitchon, Global Foundation Director, City Football Group. “It’s great to welcome back our heroes from Bombay to Manchester last season, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the young leaders of this year’s most popular project. So vote now!”

“We are incredibly proud to partner with the City of Manchester and our global network of young water leaders through the Water Heroes Academy program,” said Randolph Waters, Xylem’s Senior Director of Partnerships and Branding. “By highlighting the work these incredible water leaders are doing at the local level, we hope to inspire more young people to get involved in initiatives to solve water problems and drive positive change globally. I urge football fans to support our water heroes and vote for their favorite projects.”

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About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water treatment technology company committed to solving critical water and infrastructure challenges through innovation. Our 17,000 diverse employees generated $5.2 billion in revenue in 2021. We create a more sustainable world by enabling our customers to optimize water and resource management and helping communities in more than 150 countries become water secure. Join us at

About Manchester City Football Club

Founded in 1880 as St Mark’s West Gorton, Manchester City FC is an English Premier League club. Officially becoming Manchester City FC in 1894, they have since won the European Cup Winners’ Cup, eight Champions Leagues, including six Premier League titles (2012, 2014, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022) and six FA Cups. Manchester City FC is one of 12 clubs in the City Football Group, and its sister clubs include New York City FC and Melbourne City FC.

Under Pep Guardiola, one of world football’s most decorated managers, the Club will play its domestic and UEFA Champions League matches at the 55,000-capacity Etihad Stadium, which the city has called home since 2003. Located at the Etihad Campus, which includes the City Football Academy, a state-of-the-art youth training and development center in the heart of Manchester East. The City Football Academy, a 7,000-capacity stadium, is also home to Manchester City Women’s Football Club and the Elite Development Squad, where they train daily and play home games.

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About Citizens Giving

Cityzens Giving is an award-winning global program that empowers young leaders to use soccer as a tool to promote child and youth health in cities around the world. Projects are run by young people, for young people, involving City Football Group supporters, staff and partners, including volunteering, fundraising and project support. As well as long-term grant funding, young leaders will have access to football and community leadership training from Club coaches and opportunities to network with other community football projects. The initiative includes in-country one-on-one training, remote assistance and regular meetings to ensure flow of know-how and learning. Each year, Cityzens Giving supports more than 1,000 youth leaders to positively impact the health of thousands of young people in 25 cities around the world.

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