Cityzens Giving and Official Water Technology Partner, Xylem, are thrilled to announce the expansion of the Xylem Water Heroes Academy, a global initiative in ten cities using the power of football to address local water challenges. water.
Since its launch in 2021, Xylem Water Heroes Academy has engaged more than 75 young leaders and provided vital water education to more than 6,000 young people in five cities: São Paulo, Mumbai, Cape Town, New York and Shanghai.
The expanded network, which now also includes youth-led projects in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Cape Coast, Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne, aims to positively impact an additional 20,000 young people over the next four years.
To mark the launch, City legend Pablo Zabaleta and the Premier League trophy headed to Mexico City’s El Coyolito neighborhood to meet young leaders who are using the power of football to solve local water issues. .
This project will see the young leaders of love.fútbol use specially adapted football matches to educate young people in the community about responsible water consumption, as well as the importance of safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).
Zabaleta took part in a youth-led football and water festival and engaged in a question-and-answer session with young participants, before learning a traditional Mexican dance.
Reflecting on his visit, Zabaleta said, “Meeting the young leaders in Mexico City was an incredible experience.
“The way they use football to teach children about the importance of water is creative and inspiring, and it’s great to see this unique initiative from Cityzens Giving and Xylem expand to other cities.
“The young leaders are so committed to supporting their community and being able to contribute in a small way was a privilege.”
Additionally, City in the Community coaches provided training to 40 young leaders in Mexico City, sharing their expertise and knowledge in leadership, community football and WASH.
This was followed by a three-day digital summit, bringing together young leaders and Xylem experts from across the ten cities to share ideas on how to tackle water challenges through football.
“Climate change continues to threaten water availability in communities around the world,” said Austin Alexander, vice president, sustainability and social impact at Xylem.
“Xylem Water Heroes Academy harnesses the power of football and young leaders to address these water challenges and make our communities more resilient.”
Valeria, a young leader with love.fútbol, said: “We want all the children here to be aware that responsible water consumption is very important and that they must take care of it.
“We received training from Man City coaches and learned several games that teach children about water conservation through football.
“We are really happy and grateful that Man City and Pablo Zabaleta visited our community.”
Later this season, City fans will have the opportunity to find out more about the five new Water Heroes Academy projects and vote for their favorite young water heroes.