122 children from 20 Foundation partner primary schools were welcomed to the Theatre of Dreams as part of the club’s end of season pitch days – offering Manchester United and Foundation partners the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to follow in their heroes’ footsteps and play a match on the Old Trafford turf.
The young players took part in small sided matches and other fun activities including a series of physical literacy sessions from the Foundation’s Move with Manchester United initiative.
Participants from the Foundation’s Volunteer Ninety Nine programme, alongside ten students from partner high school Manchester Health Academy, were also on hand to lead activities and referee games.
Eight-year-old Abi, a pupil from Romiley Primary School, thoroughly enjoyed her day. She said, “It felt really good to step out onto the pitch; I’ve really enjoyed it as I’ve been able to play with lots of different people.”
Romiley Primary School head teacher, John Tomlinson, was beaming with pride at seeing his pupils step onto the hallowed turf: “It’s a proud moment for them all and for us as staff as well,” he said. “They’ve all earned it individually within their year groups; they’ve been fantastic children. To do something like this, it’s a memory that will be with them for the rest of their lives.”
Foundation primary schools coordinator, Jordanna Roberts, commented, “To be able to give our partner schools this opportunity has been amazing; seeing the excitement on the children’s faces is just priceless.”
She added, “These pupils have worked hard all year, not just in our sessions but around their schools so it is really nice that we can help facilitate this treat for them – they have really deserved it.”