Manchester City Women recently had an up-close and personal panel discussion in partnership with DYLON Colour Catcher at the Club’s Academy Stadium on the Etihad Campus.
The discussion was entitled ‘Up Close and Personal’ and moderated by television presenter Jacqui Oatley. Manchester City Women players Ellen White, Janine Beckie and Aoife Mannion spoke to Oatley about their lives on and off the pitch, discussing the importance of having a passion away from the profession of football.
The ultimate goal of the ‘Up Close and Personal’ panel was to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and try something new.
A survey commissioned by DYLON Colour Catcher looking at the hobbies of the UK’s population, found the country favours reading. The hobby was named the number one pastime of UK residents as 57% of respondents claim it is their No. 1 hobby. Reading was followed by travelling [41%] and gardening [37%].
According to respondents, the key reasons they enjoy their hobby is because it doubles up as a stress reliever [45%], helps with mental health [39%] and provides a break from technology [21%]. The most popular time people do their hobby is at 12:45 pm on a Monday, followed by Wednesday at 1:15 pm, perhaps as a way to maximise their lunch break and escape the 9-5 schedule. DYLON Colour Catcher surveyed 1,000 men and women in the UK over 18 during for the research.
“We are thrilled to have partnered with Manchester City Women to bring you this panel discussion,” Nikki Vadera, DYLON Colour Catcher’s Marketing Director, said. “Hobbies are a brilliant way to get away from the hustle-and-bustle and do something that you really love. It’s encouraging to see that people in the UK are mixing up their lifestyles with their passions.”
Manchester City Women won the Women’s Super League title in 2016 while lifting the FA Women’s Cup in 2016-17 and 2018-19.
“The panel discussion has been an engaging way to kick off our partnership with Colour Catcher,” Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football at Manchester City, said. “Like our players, we can see that the nation has a plethora of passions including football, which for us, is the biggest of them all.”
Women’s football continues to grow in the UK following the Women’s World Cup last summer. This season WSL has seen several of the league’s top teams compete in men’s Premier League stadiums. Manchester City previously hosted Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium for the first-ever women’s Manchester Derby.