By THE NATION
The Trophy Tour is a part of a club celebration after making football history by becoming the first English football club to lift six trophies across both its men’s and women’s teams in the same season.
Thailand is a key destination for Manchester City’s trophies and its last visit to the country was in June 2018, where club player Aymeric Laporte took a selection of trophies to Bangkok and met with fans in the city.
On Tuesday 5 November, Manchester City will be at Chiang Mai United Arena from 5pm – 8pm and fans are invited to turn up and take photos with the prestigious silverware.
Club legend, Shaun Wright-Phillips, who made 275 appearances for the Club, scoring 47 goals, between 1996 – 2005 and 2008 – 2011, will then accompany the trophies in Bangkok for a series of exciting fan activities.
On Sunday 10 November, a free family-friendly football festival will be taking place from 12pm at the Skykick Arena. As well as being able to have their photos with the trophies, fans will be able to win prizes, feature in a green-screen player walk out experience and be part of a Q & A session with Wright-Phillips. From 9.30pm, Skykick Arena will be transformed into a match day screening party as City take on rivals Liverpool in a highly anticipated Premier League fixture. Fans at the CityLive! event will get to hear Shaun Wright-Phillips match analysis, plus there’ll be exclusive giveaways and chances to win player signed shirts.
Nuria Tarre, Chief Marketing Officer at City Football Group, commented: “We’re excited to have the men’s and women’s trophies on tour at the same time. This is a football first and we can’t wait to celebrate our historic success with fans in Thailand. The tour will bring an authentic City experience to Chiang Mai and Bangkok, allowing those fans who would never get to travel to Manchester the chance to experience the club they love closer than ever and right in their hometowns.”
One of the highlights of the Trophy Tour, supported locally by Rexona, is an immersive fan experience that is modelled to look like the home dressing room at the Etihad Stadium, giving fans who would never get to visit Manchester the chance to experience the excitement of a City matchday.
Manchester City has also supported a number of community initiatives in Thailand, as part of its global community work. In 2017, City partnered with the Not Just For Kicks project in Bangkok which saw Young Leaders rehabilitate play spaces to teach football to young people in their community and provide them with life skills to encourage positive life choices. Since the inception of the project, more than 1,200 at risk youths have been supported.
In 2018, City coaches and former players put on training sessions for the Wild Boar football players, before helping the community tackle local water accessibility challenges by building a clean drinking water tower with the Xylem team in the Chiang Rai province.