Manchester City fans can now access housing advice to deal with rent arrears when they go to see their multi-million-pound team play in the Premier League.
Fans already work together to collect food to distribute to food bank, something that has become commonplace across football grounds in the world’s richest league.
But, in a move thought to be a first, MCFC Fans Foodbank Support will now be joined by representatives from Greater Manchester Tenants Union (GMTU) to tackle poverty as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to hit the poorest hard. The unique partnership debuted at The Etihad Stadium on Saturday when Manchester City defeated Wolves 1-0.
Nick Clarke, co-founder of MCFC Fans Foodbank Support, told The Big Issue: “Saturday went really well both as a collection and as a trial run from GMTU’s perspective. These things affect all of us and I know it’s not nice to think of football and politics mixing but it’s not about politics, it’s about community.
“We’re a community club and our community in Manchester, especially over the past 10 years, has experienced a massive increase in rental prices and therefore issues with the amount of people in rent arrears in Manchester.
“We’re there because we want to allow people to make the links themselves between obviously food, poverty, homelessness, and also removing that disconnect that people think it can’t happen for them. It’s about drawing people’s eyes to the wider issues.”