Who carried the trophy to the Champions - Tom's Story

Published on 24 May 2023 at 20:00

Who carried the trophy to the Champions - Tom's Story


Manchester City

As you may know Manchester City were recently crowned as Premier League champions for the 7th time (5th time under Pep).

With Arsenal's defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday sealing Manchester City as champions, Pep Guardiola's side's game against Chelsea on Sunday became just a day of celebration.

By 7pm on Sunday the Citizens were lifting the Premier League trophy, but you may not know the story behind who brought the trophy out to the pitch for the champions.

Manchester City in the community 

City in the Community, which has been running for over 30 years, empowers individuals in Greater Manchester to live better lifestyles via football. The youth-led programmes prioritise physical and mental well-being while also fostering healthy futures and communities.

City in the Community's award-winning programmes, which serve 20,000 people each season, aim to:

Nurture healthy people by emphasising physical and emotional well-being in its sessions.
Create healthier futures through education and employment opportunities.
Create healthy communities in safe, inclusive places to connect individuals.



Alex Williams

Alexander Williams MBE (born 13 November 1961) is a former English football goalkeeper. In 1984, he led England to the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

Between 1980 and 1986, he made 125 league and cup games for Manchester City, as well as brief stints with Queen of the South and Port Vale. In 1984-85, he helped City win promotion from the Second Division. However, due to a persistent back problem, he was forced to retire early in September 1987. He continued to work behind the scenes at Manchester City and was awarded an MBE in 2002 for his services to young people.

Tom O'Dell

 Tom is from a small town, around 45 minutes north of Manchester. Growing up it was clear to see that school wasn't for him.

Me and Tom went to school together for around a year and more often than not he wasn't taking in much and joking around instead.

This left the school no choice but to kick him out. 

He coasted through school just to get to the end, this is until City came in.

In year 10 Tom's life changed after things changed at his school. To help students back into wanting to go to school, one day a week instead of normal lessons the students would work their way through the Premier League Pathways Inspires Course.

Tom won the inspires award for the quality of work he was doing on the course.

At the end of year 11 he moved onto college in Oldham. Carrying on working with City in college  on a coaching B-tech course, he carried on producing high quality of work.

In between the jump from college to university he was volunteering at the 9220 (Volunteering as a coach on city's programme) now becoming a part time staff member. Being offered a scholarship with the Citizens Tom moved onto university at Manchester Met where he is currently studying communtity coaching.

Carrying the trophy out

Tom and Alex's Story


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