Manchester United Foundation teams up with Supporters Clubs to donate £240,000 to youth charities around the world
All 240 Manchester United Supporters’ Clubs across the UK and overseas will be eligible for a share of the £240,000 committed to the programme by Manchester United Foundation.
Each club – from Nottingham to New York and Dublin to Delhi – will be offered up to £1,000 to help local youth-focused charities in their area’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Clubs will be invited to nominate an established children’s charity in their region to receive the money and the Foundation will provide support for each club to carry out its own additional fundraising locally.
An initial £500 donation will be topped up with a further sum of up to £500 to match local fundraising efforts by each club, with the aim of significantly expanding the total amount donated to local charities above the £240,000 pledged by the Foundation.
John Shiels, Chief Executive of Manchester United Foundation, said: “We are excited by the potential to work with United fans across the UK and overseas to make a positive impact on young people’s lives at this time of great strain on societies and economies around the world.
“We are as committed as ever to our core mission to support young people across Greater Manchester, and we will continue to expand our local activities in response to the elevated need we anticipate as a result of the pandemic. But this is a global crisis requiring a global response, and United’s international appeal gives us the opportunity to play our part.”
The pledge to Supporters’ Clubs follows other initiatives by the Foundation that have been focused on local communities across Greater Manchester, including a £300,000 donation to be split between its partner schools aimed at assisting vulnerable families, donations to food banks, distribution of activity packs for children, and the provision of meals for NHS staff in local hospitals.