Mumbai, 13 November 2022: On the eve of children’s day on the 13th of November 2022, Indian Super League (ISL) club, Mumbai City FC in association with Xylem, their Official Water Technology Partner celebrated a distinctive football-based water awareness festival in Chatrapati Shivaji Vidyalaya, Dharavi, Sion (W) for the underprivileged children of the surrounding areas.
About 200 kids participated in the grassroots festival. The initiative looked to use the power of football to educate children on the importance of clean drinking water and safe hand-washing practices. Educational sessions were delivered with a focus on ‘Germs! What are they and how do they spread?’ along with basic football drills and small sided games in which the children took part enthusiastically, showcasing their skills and passion for the game. The event was attended by Dinesh Nair, Head of Youth Development and Grassroots, Mumbai City FC on Sunday afternoon.
After the sessions the kids were presented with a certificate, medal and a Mumbai City FC Kit to make sure the knowledge about football, clean drinking water and sanitation sticks with them throughout their lives.
Xylem, is a water technology-based company that is one of the pioneers in its industry. They have successfully established a number of highly sustainable projects in Mumbai and Bengaluru as part of their WASH initiative. The initiative has already trained a number of Young Leaders to provide a football based educational program that focuses on the importance of clean drinking water and sanitation to children across the two cities.
Mumbai City FC and Xylem’s unique partnership pledges itself towards the upliftment of local communities through football and aims to solve the water challenges faced by numerous deprived communities across the city.
About Mumbai City FC
Mumbai City FC is Mumbai’s club in the Hero Indian Super League. Mumbai City FC won the unique ‘double’ (Hero ISL League Winners and ISL title) in the 2020-21 season. The Islanders represented India on the Asian stage in the 2022 AFC Champions League, where they finished second in Group B and also became the first Indian club to register wins in Asia’s premier club competition.
The team’s logo is a reflection of a resilient fortress that stands proudly, surrounding the logo that signifies the unrelenting, determined spirit of the city. The seven stars symbolise the islands that form Mumbai, giving the club the apt nickname of The Islanders. Trains that are the very lifeline of the city ply millions of Mumbaikars across its vast expanse and connect these islands. Each passenger, each citizen of the city, is bound together by their love for the place they call home. 20 million citizens, 20 million hearts pulse to a single beat - the heartbeat of Mumbai.
City Football Group is currently providing advisory services to the Club. CFG has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority investment in Mumbai City FC. The purchase is awaiting final approvals