Gary Neville recently dusted off his football boots to help teach local children and coaches how to play 'The United Way' on a trip to Manchester United Soccer Schools in Mumbai, India.
The former captain, who retired in February 2011 after making 602 appearances for the Reds, made the trip in his capacity as club ambassador and was impressed by the passion shown for football in the local community.
“The enthusiasm shown by the kids was fantastic. I did part of the training session with the kids, spoke to the coaches and understood what it is that they’re looking to do. The plan the coaches have shared is impressive.
"Young players taking part in Soccer Schools programmes are taught using the same principles that players like myself, Ryan Giggs, and Paul Scholes were taught at United. As well as helping the youngsters to learn technical football skills, it’s also about developing confident individuals who will learn about tactics, healthy lifestyles and social skills."
Manchester United Soccer Schools plan to run a number of courses from the Mumbai base over the coming years, placing great importance on football development but also on enjoying the game. It’s a message that has been taken all around the world by MUSS over the past decade. As well as training young footballers to play 'The United Way’, MUSS provide an opportunity for them to develop their football skills and personal skills in a positive, safe and fun learning environment.