Rachel Moss, MCFC’s Academy Secretary said “A glass of red wine in match day hospitality, and next thing you know an idea was born to take on the challenge of climbing Africa’s highest mountain. Cheryl Cole and Chris Moyles can probably be blamed for a lot of things, and this is one of them!”
“Having worked closely with Umbro for a number of years, they were keen to support us on this challenge so we decided to team together to raise funds for two charities. The first ‘Shoot for the Moon’ is an exciting new partnership between Manchester City and Sport Relief, helping young people achieve their goals. The second, Cardiac Risk in the Young (C.R.Y.), was chosen after two MCFC Academy players were forced to retire from football at only 15 years of age after discovering they had life threatening heart conditions”.
James Beaumont, Sports Marketing Player Manager at Umbro added: “Umbro wanted to take part in this challenge that would help pull in substantial funds for our chosen charities. The idea to climb Kilimanjaro for charity has been a big success. It was a huge mental and physical challenge that saw everyone struggle at times. Reaching the summit and raising over £12,000 for the charity is a fantastic achievement for the whole of the team. I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors for their kind support.”
Paul Deakin of Private Kilimanjaro commented “Congratulations to the Man City and Umbro team. Kilimanjaro is a tough mountain to climb due to the quick gain in altitude. Even though I am a Liverpool fan I have to applaud both the football and climbing teams and we are delighted to have helped the climbers successfully complete their charity challenge.”