By Staff Reporter
SPORTS-mad youngsters can enjoy some family fun in the sun on a day of festivities at Gigg Lane on Saturday - and it won't cost a penny.
FC United of Manchester, which plays at the home of Bury Football Club, have invited young people from 400 schools, clubs and organisations across Manchester - including dozens in Bury - to take part in Youth United Day.
There is free entry for under 18s, who can join in with activities including music, arts and theatre and also get to watch FC United play in their final home game of a successful season against Formby.
The breakaway Reds have already won the North West Counties League Division One and are on course for the double, having reached the final of the League Challenge Trophy.
The club's matches regularly attract crowds of around 2,500. The season finale last year, when United won the Division Two championship, attracted 6,023 and organisers are hoping this year's event will be just as successful.
Co-organiser Vinny Thompson said: "As part of the club's continuing community development programme, we want to give as many youngsters as possible a chance to experience a big-game atmosphere at an affordable price.
"It will be a day of celebration in recognition of our back-to-back championships and will be a fun event for young people from Bury and Greater Manchester to be involved in."
He added: "The atmosphere is second to none and attracts families and especially young people, who make up a significant proportion of our membership. Youth United Day is a way of encouraging other families and their friends to come and experience this for themselves."
Entry to the match, which starts at 3pm, costs £7 for adults and £5 for concessions.
The day of fun starts at 12.30pm when youngsters can take part in a series of workshops at Holy Cross College in Manchester Road. Activities will include a banner-making class, a rap and rhyme' music session and a theatre workshop.
For more information, contact Mr Thompson on (0161) 236 1070.