The end of season visits gave the chance for young people who benefit from the work of the Foundation across Greater Manchester to get close to the Reds’ silverware and have the photo taken alongside United mascot Fred the Red.
Pupils at Foundation partner schools, Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe, Burnage Media Arts College in Burnage and Astley Sports College in Dukinfield were delighted to welcome the trophy into their school. 16 year-old Lukman Balogun (right), a student at MEA, commented, ‘‘It is so wonderful to see the trophy; I didn’t believe it at first, I was so surprised and I couldn’t wait to get a picture with it. The opportunities that we get through school give me a great boost. It is an outstanding partnership between my school and Manchester United; it is world class.”
The schools are three of eight across Greater Manchester to be partnered with the Foundation through its Hub of the Community programme, which bases full time football coaches in the high schools to work with pupils and the local community to build lasting relationships.
The trophy also visited the Foundation’s Street Reds projects in Wythenshawe and Stretford. These evening sessions aim to engage young people in football and alternative activities at times when they may otherwise become involved in antisocial behaviour.
More about Hub of the Community.
More about Street Reds.