Emmeline Pankhurst

A few random shirt stories that I thought needed airing

The first concerns Manchester City and a new Emmeline Pankhurst-inspired shirt. I attach a press release:


Emmeline Pankhurst

MANCHESTER CITY LAUNCH PRE-MATCH RANGE INSPIRED BY EMMELINE PANKHURST

Manchester City and PUMA have today announced the launch of a kit range to celebrate girls and women in football in Manchester.

Inspired by Emmeline Pankhurst who helped shape the Suffragette movement, the new PUMA Pre-match range celebrates both her Manchester roots and overriding vision for female equality.

A vision shared by the Club’s very own Same City Same Passion campaign, that aims to inspire more females to play football.

Our men’s team will wear the kit during our warmup and walkout at this weekend’s Premier League match against Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday 4 March, while our women’s team will play in the kit for the Barclays Women’s Super League fixture against Tottenham on Sunday 5 March at the Academy Stadium.

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Whilst the green, white and purple featured in the range are a nod to the Suffragettes colours from the past, City’s current message for future generations, is very clear.

It’s not men’s football. It’s not women’s football. It’s just football.

Same City. Same Passion.

The kit sees PUMA join forces with the club’s charity, City in the Community (CITC), to accelerate access to girls’ football across Greater Manchester.

All mascots for both fixtures will also be female participants from CITC programmes.

80% of girls feel they do not belong in sport and only 14% of girls aged 5-16 achieve recommended levels of physical activity.

To help address these challenges, PUMA will sponsor City in the Community’s City Girls programme and help enable the charity to provide free weekly football sessions for 250 girls across Manchester over the next 12 months.

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As part of this support, the City Girls programme will also expand for the first time to Moss Side, the birthplace of Emmeline Pankhurst, and incorporate a special week of education on the Suffragette movement across all sessions.

The shirts will also be auctioned off through City in the Community digital channels in the coming weeks for the Club’s charity and the Pankhurst Trust.

To celebrate the launch for the new kit range, representatives from Manchester City’s men’s and women’s first team feature alongside City Girls participants in a powerful launch video.

City captain Steph Houghton also joined participants at the Pankhurst Centre to learn more about Emmeline Pankhurst.

Grace Makin, who features in the PUMA range launch, took part in the City Girls Young Leader project and has since gone onto gain employment at City in the Community. Commenting on the experience, she said: “Taking part in City Girls had a huge impact on my life. Working with the City in the Community coaches I was able to gain a better understanding of how I can shape my own future and make a difference to the lives of others at the same time.

“I really enjoyed developing my coaching skills, which turned into employment, and I’m confident that PUMA’s support of the project will enable more people to feel empowered and confident, like me.”

“The new Manchester City pre-match collection is a great opportunity for PUMA to continue our support for women’s football and to celebrate inspirational women, past and present,” said Marco Mueller, PUMA Senior Head of Product Line Management Apparel Licensed.

“The collection is inspired by Manchester’s own Emmeline Pankhurst and is the perfect project for PUMA to partner with the charity ‘City in the Community’ to provide equipment and free football sessions for girls in the community.”

The launch of the Pankhurst range is one of many activations taking place as part of Manchester City’s wider International Women’s Day celebrations.

For the sixth year running, the Same City Same Passion campaign will be inspiring young girls across the globe to play football with free PUMA footballs.

Since 2018, the Club has provided over 6000 footballs worldwide as part of the movement and this year’s limited-edition PUMA footballs share the Pankhurst-inspired design of the pre-match range.

For a limited time only, three International Women’s Day digital merchandise items will also be available on Blue Moon on Roblox! These items will be released on 8th March and only accessible on Blue Moon for a short time.

Other activity includes a free girls’ football festival hosted by City in the Community at the City Football Academy, bringing together 100 girls from across the city for a day of physical activity and empowerment sessions and the launch of a new NFT collection with ‘Power of Women’ with Man City proceeds donated to CITC.

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Across Manchester City channels, there will be a number of pieces of content celebrating International Women Day with both men’s and women’s players including Kalvin Phillips discussing the key women in his life who have shaped his career, Demi Stokes sharing her life as a mum and elite athlete and Deyna Castellanos discussing her foundation which provides scholarship opportunities for young girls in South America.

This latest initiative also builds on PUMA’s existing commitment to the women’s game from grassroots to elite level.

The Manchester City pre-match collection is available from March 3rd at mancity.com/shop, the City Store at the Etihad Stadium, PUMA stores, PUMA.com and at select retailers worldwide.

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