Whilst fans up and down the country were watching their footballing heroes go toe-to-toe for the first three points of 2015 from the stands or at home, we were delighted to be rubbing shoulders with them along with 10 year old Raza Mohammed.
The lucky Rolls Crescent Primary School pupil kicked off his New Year in true Blue style and joined the team after winning a design competition to find a mascot for the New Year’s Day home tie against Sunderland.
The creative contest, organised by Official Manchester City FC Partner, Nissan, saw schoolchildren across Manchester invited to design their dream Nissan Juke, personalised by taking Manchester City FC as their inspiration. Up for grabs was the ultimate City fan’s prize – the chance to lead the team out of the tunnel and centre stage on to the famous Etihad pitch.
Taking inspiration from the Club’s beginnings and Mancunian heritage, Raza’s design featured the Citizen’s iconic blue and features a symbol taken from the arms of Manchester – a golden eagle.
Raza was treated to a specially-created Nissan Manchester City FC Home Mascot Experience, starting with a surprise chauffeured car journey to the stadium in the ‘MCFC Juke’, a car wrapped in his winning design. His prize also included match tickets, a full team strip, a tour of the Etihad Stadium, access to the home team changing room and the chance to take a shot against City’s goalkeeper in front of a roaring home crowd.
“I was really nervous before we walked out, but I’ve had an amazing day and enjoyed watching the match. Getting picked up and driven to the stadium in my car was really cool too. I’ll never forget today,” said Raza.
As a Club with roots firmly in the local community, Rolls Crescent is just one of the schools that Manchester City FC’s award-winning City in the Community (CITC) regularly works with to help empower lives through football.
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