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Manchester City FC

Manchester City Football Club is one of the world’s leading football clubs with ambitious plans for growth. It is a major employer in the area.

The football club has built a deep and lasting relationship with the communities across Manchester since the late 1800s, when the club that became MCFC was founded by the Connell family as part of the wider social offer “to combat worthlessness, antisocial behaviour and crime”.

Over the past decade, it has re-established firm roots within East Manchester and the ‘City in the Community’ programme continues to be recognised as one of the best sports-related community programmes in the country.

Manchester City oversees ‘City in the Community’, which provides the college with high-quality football coaches for our sports courses.

Co-op

The Co-op is one of Manchester’s biggest employers. It has been based in the region from the very beginning, 1844 – when the Rochdale Pioneers started what we now know as the Co-op.

Our Co-op is one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, owned by millions of members. It’s the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer with more than 2,500 local, convenience and medium-sized stores.

As well as having clear financial and operational objectives and employing nearly 70,000 people, it’s a recognised leader for social goals and community-led programmes. Co-op exists to meet members’ needs and stand up for the things they believe in.

So, the more successful the Co-op is, the more it can give back to you and your local community. That’s why the Co-op is different.

Currently the business is known for its Food, Funeralcare, Insurance, Legal Services and Health businesses.

In 2010 it launched the Co-op Academies Trust, which is now one of the countries most successful Multi-academy Trusts. Connell joined that Trust in 2019.

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