The Manchester City women’s players discuss how they mix up their lifestyles off the pitch

Manchester City women's players

A panel discussion has taken place between Manchester City Women in partnership with DYLON Colour Catcher at the Club’s Academy Stadium on the Etihad Campus.

Entitled ‘Up Close and Personal’, the panel was moderated by television presenter Jacqui Oatley, who spoke to players Ellen White, Janine Beckie and Aoife Mannion about their lives on and off the pitch, discussing the importance of having a passion away from a profession. The ultimate goal of the discussion was to encourage people to get out of their comfort zone and try something new.

Aoife detailed how she recently attempted open water swimming – an activity she says “was harder than most football sessions”. While Janine has spoken about her passion for interior design, revealing she spends her time off the pitch watching HGTV and house renovation shows. Finally, Ellen has discussed her love of German football, showcasing how people can intertwine their profession with their passion.

When looking at the nation’s hobbies, a survey commissioned by DYLON Colour Catcher, the UK’s number one laundry sheet, revealed that we are a bunch of book worms with reading named as the UK’s number one hobby [57%], followed by travelling [41%] and gardening [37%].

Respondents admitted 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%]. In fact, the most popular time people do their hobby is at 12:45pm on a Monday, followed by Wednesday at 1:15pm, perhaps as a way to maximise their lunch break and escape the 9-5.

Although hobbies provide numerous health and wellbeing benefits and can assist with professional growth*, respondents cited lack of time [40%], finances [27%] and motivation [24%] as the primary reasons for quitting.

DYLON Colour Catcher’s Marketing Director, Nikki Vadera commented: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Manchester City Women to bring you this panel discussion. 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.”

Gavin Makel, Head of Women’s Football at Manchester City said: “The panel discussion has been an engaging way to kick off our partnership with Colour Catcher. 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.”

The video by Dylon, showing the full discussion can be viewed below: