Manchester United Foundation
MUF uses football to engage and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and unite the communities in which they live.
Working in a number of areas across Manchester, Irlam and Cadishead being one, MUF provide a full-time Hub Officer, based centrally in the area to help build lasting relationships with the local community.
Based at Irlam and Cadishead College, the Hub Team for the area is Ronan Duffy and colleagues who work closely with pupils from the college as well as children from feeder primary schools, teachers, parents, local community groups and partnership organisations.
The MUF programme delivers football coaching, skills training, personal development and life changing experiences, providing young people with skills to improve their employability and offering opportunities to change their lives for the better.
It starts early, engaging children in primary schools who receive sports coaching and lifestyle sessions, encouraging them to eat a balanced diet and to be healthy and active.
Older students are given the opportunity to volunteer at after-school coaching sessions and are encouraged to take extra-curricular qualifications in sports coaching and enterprise to improve their skills and employability in the future.
Young people can acquire the OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA) Certificate in Employability Skills, the Certificate in Business and Enterprise or the BTEC in Sports Science at ICC. There is also a specific aim to improve participation in football for girls in the area by providing female only training sessions and starting a girls team or signposting participants to existing ones.
Pupils have also enjoyed visits from first team players and legends from Manchester United and have been invited to Carrington training ground to meet their heroes as a reward for hard work and academic achievements.
Working in Partnership with Hamilton Davies Trust who help to fund the programme in Irlam and Cadishead, MUF have been delivering across the area for four years.