With International Women’s Day coming up next week, one of the most successful clubs in English football in recent years, Manchester City, is celebrating with a special edition kit that will be worn by both its men’s and women’s teams this weekend.
The kit, made by Puma, was unveiled on Friday, March 3, and is inspired by British Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst — who was born in Manchester — and her efforts in the early 1900s to win the right to vote for women. Pins and badges from the movement featured the colors green and purple, which inspired the green and purple diagonal blocks on City’s new kit.
Whilst the green, white and purple featured in the range are a nod to the Suffragettes colours from the past, City’s current message for future generations, is very clear.
It’s not men’s football. It’s not women’s football. It’s just football.
Same City. Same Passion.— ManCity.com
Manchester City’s women’s team will wear the kits in an FA Women’s Super League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, March 5. The men’s team will wear them during their warmup and walkout prior to their Premier League match against Newcastle United the day before.
The children accompanying players onto the pitch before both matches will be female participants in the club’s City in the Community (CITC) charity. One of CITC’s goals is “to accelerates access to girls’ football across Greater Manchester.” With the help of Puma, CITC will provide free weekly football sessions to 250 girls across Manchester over the next year — including in Moss Side, the birthplace of Emmeline Pankhurst.
Puma and Manchester City’s Same City Same Passion campaign also provides free footballs to girls all over the world. The footballs distributed this year will feature the same Pankhurst-inspired design of the limited edition kits.
Along with the jerseys, Manchester City and Puma also released a jacket and a sweatshirt with the same green-and-purple design. The whole range is available to purchase on City’s online shop.