Saturday, August 05, 2006

MEN: United for the children

Source: M.E.N.

YOUNGSTERS in care in Greater Manchester will be offered a season of free football thanks to FC United.

The rebel Manchester United club have agreed a deal with residential care provider northerncare to provide all children in their homes the chance to watch them play.

The youngsters will get free entry to Gigg Lane, in Bury, for every FC United home game.

The agreement will also see the youngsters involved in football tournaments, work experience and competitions.

A spokesman for northerncare said: "We are proud to be taking part in this pioneering project alongside FC United.

"It is a true representation of the principles by which the company runs, supporting young people in order to further their lives.

"We believe that all young people should be encouraged to participate in their communities and this is something we are aiming to achieve with the help of our partners."

A spokesman for FC United said: "This unique initiative demonstrates our commitment to making football accessible to all, and is an addition to our partnerships with local schools and junior football clubs."