By THE NATION
Club legend Shaun Wright-Phillips accompanied the trophy tour in Bangkok for a series of exciting fan activities. The tour is a part of the club’s celebrations 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.
At the Skykick Arena, hundreds of Manchester City fans turned up to take photos with the prestigious silverware and joined an all-day family friendly football festival, a full schedule of fan activities, and a match-day screening event as City take on rivals Liverpool in a highly anticipated Premier League fixture.
As well as being able to have their photos taken with the trophies, fans won prizes, featured in a green-screen player walk out experience and were part of a question and answer session with City legend Wright-Phillips.
Wright-Phillips said, “It is an honour to be out here in Bangkok on Manchester City’s trophy tour to thank all of our Thai fans for their support of the club and it is great to meet them too.”
In the evening, Skykick Arena will be transformed into a match-day screening party. Fans at the CityLive! event will get to hear Wright-Phillips’s match analysis, plus win exclusive giveaways player signed shirts.
Fans were thrilled with this celebratory event, expressing their sincere impression with the opportunity to be a part of this trophy tour in Bangkok.
“I have supported City since 2003. I feel so excited to meet Shaun Wright-Phillips today. He is very friendly,” said one fan.
“Today’s football festival is a very welcoming event. I am very excited to witness the trophy tour in Thailand for the second time. I can’t wait to see the CityLive! match day on the big screen tonight,” gushed another fan.
“I am glad to have a chance to see and take photos with the trophies for the first time in my life. I met a lot of City’s fans and was excited to get up close to our favourite player,” said a fan.
One of the highlights of the trophy tour and football festival was Wright-Phillips’s participation in a coaching session with children.
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 Chiang Mai’s famous Wild Boar football players, whose saga of being stranded in a cave and rescued made world headlines. They also helped the community tackle local water accessibility challenges by building a clean drinking water tower with the Xylem team in Chiang Rai province.