Michael Owen delighted a group of schoolchildren recently when he helped to launch United's education programmes for 2010/11.
The programmes, covering a wide range of subjects including Literacy, History, Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship, enable pupils to get closer to the club and stimulates their National Curriculum learning with United-themed activities.
"The education programmes have been steadily growing over the last two and a half years, with schools travelling from all over the North West, or even all over the country, to experience what we have to offer," says Laura Flint, United's curriculum manager
"We are committed to enhancing children’s learning through the power of football and Manchester United, and we firmly believe that this is an engaging, motivating and educational experience for pupils and teachers alike."
Owen was pleased to take part in a press conference with pupils from Mount Carmel Primary School in Blackley. After answering a range of questions about his career, the Reds striker endorsed the club's work with schools.
“It’s great for kids to be able to get closer to United in a way that also benefits their education," said Michael.
"The club's education programme takes learning away from the classroom, so kids feel like they’re having a day out. But when they go back to school they've still learned something."
Each educational visit to United includes a tour of Old Trafford and the Museum, two interactive sessions and the opportunity for individual learning. Teachers are also supplied with follow-up lesson plans to assist continued learning on their return to school.
As well as catering for primary schools, United's education programmes also provide presentations and Q&A sessions for KS3, KS4, Further and Higher Education students on a range of subjects, including business ownership, leisure and tourism, fitness and nutrition, IT, and health and safety.