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Charlie Devlin stand in goal in primary school playground as a young footballer takes a shot

Manchester United Women help Foundation participants get moving

The United trio of Amy Turner, Charlie Devlin and Kirsty Hanson made the short journey from Leigh Sports Village to St Helens C of E Primary School in Hollins Green for an afternoon of sporting activity.

| by Thomas Bradshaw-Jones

The Reds got stuck-in with delivering a Move With Manchester United session which focuses on developing physical literacy for pupils between the ages of 5-8. The three players coached and encouraged the children through a series of drills covering tennis, hockey, basketball and football. 

There was also time at the end of the session for the year two pupils to quiz the players about their lives as Manchester United players.

Centre-back Amy Turner spoke of the impact and the importance of connecting with the next generation of United fans. Turner said “It means a lot for us to come out and work with young people. We get a lot of fans down at Leigh Sports Village and for us to come into a primary school like this; it’s only a short time out of our day, but it’s something we really enjoy doing. 

Turner added: “Some of us have had experience of working in schools before and we love seeing the smiles on the kids faces when we walk up. It’s just really nice.”

Foundation Primary schools coordinator Jordanna Roberts was enthused by the visit and echoed the importance of these visits for the primary school pupils. “It’s been brilliant to see the players engaging with the pupils. Everyone has been having lots of fun getting involved with the different activities”

Jordanna went on to add: “The players are fantastic role models for young people and seeing them here today shows that they care about the work we do through the Foundation. Most importantly they’ve played their part in getting the children active and encouraging them to try different sports.”