Michael Owen with the girls at Cadishead Primary

Foundation’s Girls Meet Michael Owen

United striker Michael Owen visited Cadishead Primary School earlier this month as part of Manchester United Foundation’s first ever Girls Football Week.

The visit was part of a week’s worth of activity to highlight Girls Football and give young females the opportunity to become more involved in the sport.
 
Manchester United Foundation has been holding girls' development sessions at Cadishead Primary and a number of other schools since September. Michael’s surprise visit to the school was a real treat for the girls, as he took part in a question and answer session before getting involved with a training session, teaching them new a few new ball skills. Headmaster at the school Mr Hargreaves is hoping the visit will inspire them to achieve great things:

“They have a tournament in January and Michael’s visit has really inspired them. They were very excited. I think they were pleased that someone was recognising the fact that they were good at football as well as the boys “

Girls Football Week took place between 27th November and 4th December. Throughout the week the Foundation showcased the pool of talent in our FA Girls’ Centre of Excellence and provided opportunities for beginners to get a taster of Girls Football.  This included demonstration at both the Blackburn home match and the Foundation’s annual Santa Run, the invitation for spectators to view Girls Football Fixtures and the launch of a ‘Girls Only’ evening football session.
 
Emma Fletcher said: ‘We have some really talented girls in our centre and we wanted to do something to celebrate that. This awareness week was also about providing opportunities for even more girls to get involved in football, aside from the obvious health benefits, football can help to build confidence and we can provide opportunities at all levels and abilities’.

The visit was filmed by Match of the Day Kick About for a programme to be aired in January.


Date: 15 December 2010