CLUB NEWS

28/07/2009 11:14, Report by Gemma Thompson

Open house at OT

The chance to see Sir Alex and his coaching staff put the players through their paces in training is a rarity, but fans will have the opportunity to see the Reds’ preparations for the 2009/10 season at the club’s annual open training session on Saturday 8 August.

Last year’s event was attended by over 8,000 people who helped raise almost £30,000 for the Manchester United Foundation. The Foundation is determined to better that figure this year when the players take to the Old Trafford pitch with proceeds once again to be used to support the club’s charity and community projects.

The event promises to be a great family day out with Football in the Community activities on offer, plus an appearance from club mascot Fred the Red. There will also be a small fairground set-up around the stadium. Gates will open at 9am.

Fans attending the training day will also have the opportunity to watch the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) final. The tournament, which was won by Brazilian side Fluminense last year, gives talented under fifteen-year-olds the chance to show off their skills against other young footballers from around the globe. Over one million players have taken part in the competition since its inception in 1993 and there are over 9,500 teams, including United, from more than 43 countries competing in this year’s event.

Tickets for the day are now on sale, priced £6 for adults and £3 for seniors and juniors. Concessions are available to One United Members with adults costing £3 and seniors and juniors being able to watch for free. You can book online now or call 0161 868 8000 to reserve your tickets. Friends of the Foundation and Premier Cup travelling parties can also receive a concession by calling the above number.

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