Xylem has joined forces with City Football Group’s global foundation programme, Cityzens Giving, to empower a network of 100 young leaders to deliver projects that use football to provide vital water education to 5,000 young people in five cities around the world.
The Water Heroes Academy combines seed funding, educational tools, training and mentoring from Xylem and Cityzens Giving, giving participants everything they need to create their own programmes.
Over the next 12 months, the youth-led projects, which are located in Mumbai, Sao Paulo, New York, Cape Town and Shanghai, will provide essential education on water, sanitation and hygiene through specially adapted football games. In addition, young leaders will identify a water challenge specific to their city and creatively use the power of football to educate young people on this issue.
The programme began with a global Water & Football Summit, digitally connecting the 100 young leaders from NGO partners around the world for a series of live interactive discussions on how to use football to solve water challenges.