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UnitedandMe was first launched in 2016, exploring the journeys of young people from Foundation projects across Greater Manchester.

United and Shia


Shia is a primary school pupil at Manchester United Foundation partner school St. Alphonsus in Stretford, located just a stone’s throw from his beloved Old Trafford, and has been fortunate to receive many experiences with the Foundation due to the team working in his school.

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United and Fortune


Fortune was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but had to go and live with his uncle in Zimbabwe at a very young age when his mother moved to the UK to find work.

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United and Paula - BTEC Goalkeeper


The second #UnitedandMe film of the 2017/18 season shares the story of Paula, a 17-year-old student who is chasing her dream of being an international goalkeeper, with help from the Foundation’s BTEC in Sport programme.

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Hannah has cerebral palsy and started playing powerchair football in 2012, after her condition left her unable to play on her feet. She now plays for the Manchester United Powerchair Team and is looking forward to a bright future.

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Under 16 player Maria moved to the UK at the age of 10 without knowing any English and having never kicked a football in her life; she is now a striker for Manchester United’s Regional Talent Club and has never looked back.

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Samuel suffers from cerebral palsy and cannot walk unaided, but he doesn't let his condition stop him enjoying football and he even plays in goal for his Year 7 school team.

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United fan Sam received the shock of his life when he received a call saying he had been chosen to be a mascot at a Manchester United match against local rivals Manchester City.

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Old Trafford resident Jamie Gilmartin is not your typical coach. He is not a natural sports person, nor has he any intention of going into football full-time. In his video he tells his story, reveals his motivation and outlines his goals…

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Mel is a sixth-form student at Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe and has spent the last 12 months being mentored by Foundation coaches.

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As a young teenager Shaun was a thriving West End star, treading the boards in hit play Billy Elliot. A few years later everything changed. Follow Shaun's heart-wrenching journey from battling a brain infection to becoming a Manchester United coach...

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The dream for most Manchester United fans is to one day play on the Old Trafford pitch, however if you’re not a budding young footballer, how close can you come to the hallowed turf at the Theatre of Dreams? Foundation participant Zainab has the answer…

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