Thousands of Manchester City fans were welcomed through the gates of the CFA this weekend to watch an open training session with Pep Guardiola and his squad as the Club officially kicked off the new season.
The squad met fans and signed autographs, with City’s five new signings given a warm welcome by supporters inside the Academy Stadium. They also took part in a 360 degree photo of the Academy Stadium, which fans will be able to tag themselves in at mancity.com on Monday 7th August.
During the training session, which was the first opportunity for local blues to see City’s new signings in action, fans were given headsets to listen to live commentary from a panel of experts including former player Trevor Sinclair, as well as broadcasters James Cooper and Alistair Mann, who discussed City’s prospects as Pep fine tunes his squad ahead of the upcoming campaign.
For those not in Manchester, the session was streamed on Facebook Live to give fans around the world the chance to watch as the players were put through their paces.
“It was fantastic to see so many fans at open training, the reception we received was incredible,” City captain Vincent Kompany said. “Their support throughout the year will undoubtedly make a huge impact to our performances on the pitch, so coming out today for training to see them all was something the players and I were delighted to do. I hope they all had a fantastic day”.
Following the morning’s activities, fans made their way into the heart of City Football Academy, which was transformed into a football festival, for an afternoon of exciting activities ranging from football skill challenges to live entertainment with music and guest interviews.
Fans also had the opportunity to hear from Manchester City Women, EDS and Academy players as they looked ahead to their respective campaigns starting in the coming weeks and months.
Commenting on Cityzens Saturday, Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City said: “Manchester City is lucky to have so many incredible fans who support the club day in and day out, so we wanted to create another season opener event to thank them for their loyalty.
“Welcoming them into City Football Academy to celebrate the start of what promises to be an exciting campaign was the perfect way to do that”.