“Gooooaaalll!” Kids of Miami-Dade Score With New Soccer Field

Today, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade unveiled a new, first-class

soccer field at its Hank Kline Club facility located in Miami. The FIFA

approved synthetic soccer field will introduce the sport of soccer to

the kids of the Hank Kline Club and directly benefit hundreds of

children served by the Club in the Miami community. In addition, the

Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club will also provide coached soccer programs

for kids on a year-round basis.

The field was a gift to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade by the

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy in Washington, DC. The initiative is

part of the Embassy’s partnership with the English Premier League soccer

team, Manchester City Football Club, which first began when the Team

toured the United States in the Summer of 2010.

The Embassy and Manchester City have teamed up to provide deserving

children access to quality playing fields in US communities along with

Manchester City’s award winning and complimentary coaching and education

programs. Currently leading the English Premier League , and 2011 FA Cup

winners, Manchester City Football Club is owned by His Highness Sheikh

Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan – a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family.

UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba, Mike Summerbee,

Manchester City’s Club Ambassador, and hundreds of kids were in

attendance to celebrate the opening of the field this afternoon.

“We are incredibly thankful and excited for this gift to our community,”

said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs

of Miami-Dade. “Bringing the sport of soccer to this community will give

our kids a terrific opportunity to learn this wonderful game from a

world-class organization. Our entire area will benefit from this soccer

field now and for generations to come.”

“We are delighted to be a part of bringing the sport of soccer to this

fabulous community,” said Ambassador Al Otaiba. “The Hank Kline Boys &

Girls Club offers vital support and programming for hundreds of kids

throughout this area. The Club is an important and deserving

organization to receive this field.”

The City in the Community (CSITC) program will provide ongoing support,

coaching and quality programming for this community field in the years


Sarah Lynch, Managing Director of City in the Community, said, “Social

responsibility and community engagement are deep seated in Manchester

City Football Club’s heritage. Everyone who gets involved with our club

becomes part of the ‘City family,’ and for that reason, we’re delighted

to extend our reach into the Miami-Dade community.”

This is the third soccer field that the UAE Embassy and Manchester City

have worked together to build and gift in the US. In the Summer of 2010,

the organizations teamed up to dedicate a roof-top field at Lexington

Academy school (PS 72) in Spanish Harlem, New York City, and in the Fall

of 2011, The Boys & Girls Club of East Los Angeles received a field at

their facility. The programs have benefited each community and have

served as models to bring soccer programming and facilities to

additional US cities around the country like Miami. Additional fields

are planned for other US communities in 2012.

About Manchester City’s Social Responsibility

Manchester City FC was founded in 1880 by the family of Arthur

Connell, the first rector of the newly consecrated St Mark’s Church in

West Gorton. The family believed that football can create opportunities

and a sense of community, a belief that remains at the heart of the Club

to this day. 25 years ago, MCFC was one of the first football clubs to

set up a Community scheme, City in the Community. Each year, City in the

Community works with over 200,000 people throughout Greater Manchester,

with a particular focus on our local East Manchester community.

In recent years, the Club has taken its CSR programme to an

international audience, creating community opportunities in the USA and

the United Arab Emirates. Manchester City has been supporting its

communities for over 130 years and, to this day, still aims to leave a

lasting and significant legacy in all the communities which it touches.

About The United Arab Emirates

The UAE is a source of stability, tolerance, innovation, and growth

in the Arabian Gulf and around the globe. The United States and the UAE

are reliable allies, with historical and present-day shared security and

economic interests. In fact, the UAE is the largest export market for US

goods in the Middle East and more US naval vessels visit UAE ports than

any other port outside the United States.

The United States and

the UAE also enjoy growing social and cultural ties, and many US

institutions in education, healthcare and the arts have formed

collaborative partnerships with UAE entities.

For more

information: www.uae-embassy.org.

For more information: www.city-soccer.org