Manchester City and Puma have released an innovative new away kit for the 2021/22 season.
City released their Sergio Aguero-inspired home kit earlier this month, and wore it for the first time in the pre-season friendly against Preston this month.
Now, the predominantly white away kit has been released, with a colourful theme on the logos of City, Puma and shirt sponsors Etihad.
The Puma shirt is white, with blue trims on the sleeves and around the neck. The City logo features iridescent colours from blue to pink, described in ‘leaked’ information as ‘ocean depths’.
The Puma logo and Etihad logo are also in the iridescent colour scheme, as are the sleeve sponsors Nexen Tyres.
This shirt, which will serve as the designated ‘light’ change strip, is produced with a special Dope Dye manufacturing process to reduce water consumption, the new kit pays tribute to a partnership with the Club’s global charity initiative, Cityzens Giving, focused on using football to raise awareness of and access to safe water across the world.
The ‘Cityzens Giving’ logo features on the inside of the collar, while the design features water droplets throughout to highlight the safe water program and Cityzens Giving. The iridescent colours are said to resemble the effect of light breaking through water droplets.
In connection with the kit launch, Puma have partnered with Cityzens Giving and the City’s Official Water Technology Partner Xylem to deliver a new global program, to provide football-based education on water, sanitation and hygiene, and clean water access for communities in need.
Globally, 1 in 3 people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, so City and Puma say the ambition is to reach over 10,000 young people in three continents, focusing on Manchester, Sao Paolo, Buenos Aires and Mumbai. The program has already started with the creation of a clean water tower in Mumbai, producing a safe and long-term supply of fresh drinking water for 1,800 people per day.
Tom Pitchon, Director of City Football Foundation said: “We are proud to be able to use the Club’s Away kit to raise awareness of water issues around the world, creating a platform to provide much needed support for communities in need.
“Empowering our global network of Young Leaders to use football as a platform to tackle social issues in their communities is at the heart of what Cityzens Giving does and the work we are embarking on with our partners Puma and Xylem will help to enhance the lives of thousands of people around the world.
“Our playing kit is an expression of what our Club stands for and we are delighted that this season’s kit will be used to highlight the vital issue of clean water access.”
The new kit will be available from Thursday July 29.