HE Manchester United Foundation works in areas across Greater Manchester and uses the passion for Manchester United to educate, motivate and inspire young people.
It delivers football coaching, skills training, personal development and life-changing experiences, providing young people with opportunities.
In this, its column for the Manchester Weekly News, the group shares news of a some special training sessions. YOUNG people from Manchester United Foundation projects received training sessions with a difference as former Reds Dwight Yorke and Jesper Blomqvist turned up to take over from their regular coaches.
The pair took part in activities ahead of the legends game on June 14, during which United veterans will take on Bayern Munich All Stars in a charity match at Old Trafford.
Dwight attended a girls’ football session at the stadium while 1999 team mate Jesper visited a Street Reds project in Ordsall.
After coaching the girls who play for United’s Centre of Excellence and giving shooting tips, the former star striker said: “These girls are very talented, it’s been a great experience for me and great to interact with some young players.
“The legends game is the only match that will get me to put my football boots on again - it’s for a wonderful cause and will raise a lot of money for the Foundation.
“It should be a great occasion for everyone on the day.”
Later that afternoon, Jesper Blomqvist joined in with children at one of the foundation’s nine Street Reds sessions, which aim to engage hard to reach young people across Greater Manchester.
The ex-midfielder said: “This for me is what football is all about; just getting people together and having fun.
“I think football is an important tool to help people to grow, learn new skills and make new friends – it’s fantastic.”
For more information about the Manchester United Foundation, visit www.mufoundation.org.
●● Dwight Yorke with players at Manchester United Foundation