Newcastle and Manchester United Foundation brought together by Michael Carrick
Newcastle United Foundation and Manchester United Foundation have teamed up for a friendly tournament to celebrate the vital work of the Michael Carrick Foundation.
Wallsend-born former midfielder Carrick, who is now a first-team coach at Manchester United launched his Newcastle-based Carrick’s Kicks project last year to inspire youngsters through football.
Carrick’s Street Reds in Old Trafford and Carrick’s Kicks in Newcastle offer free football sessions and opportunities for young people through Manchester United Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation respectively. The projects are also run in association with the Premier League’s national Kicks initiative.
Forty-five young people from across both projects visited Stretford Sports Village to take part in a variety of inclusive games such as Boccia and goal ball, then finished with a game of football. All participants were then given a tour of Old Trafford and the Manchester United club museum.
Jonny Larkin, Newcastle United Foundation Senior PL Kicks Coordinator said: “Coming down to a place like Manchester United, it’s a huge thing. Driving past the stadium the kids were naming players, positions – it’s huge for them to be down here and of course look forward to the football competition.”
When asked about the Streets Reds and Kicks projects, he added: “Football and sport is a universal thing, an instant connection of socialness and belonging. You are able to see the young people grow, develop and improve their personal skills like communication. For some young people Kicks is the best few hours of their week – it’s a safe environment where they can learn, try new things and express themselves.”
Carrick’s Street Reds is one of 11 sessions run by Manchester United Foundation across Greater Manchester. The project reflects similar sessions offered by Newcastle United Foundation, including Summer Schools, Kids Disability Football, National Citizen Service and more.
Michael Carrick said: “Since setting up the Foundation, it’s been one of our goals to bring programme participants together from Manchester and Newcastle. Seeing this come to life is a really proud moment for us all at the Foundation and we’re thrilled that the participants got so much from the day too.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to Manchester United Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation for coming together for the day and for their ongoing support.”
Carrick’s Kicks in Newcastle offers free football sessions to young people aged eight to 19 in North Shields and Byker, whilst also providing opportunities to learn leadership skills and complete qualifications that will support them in their future endeavours.
The scheme is delivered by Newcastle United Foundation and engages young people in constructive activities, increases playing and coaching opportunities, breaks down barriers between the police and young people and aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the local areas.
Scott, who has been attending Old Trafford Street Reds for the past five years, said: “Today has been good having people come down from Newcastle; it was good to play football with them and get to know new people. It feels good to represent Manchester United while playing football with new people.”
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