Olympic visitors of various nationalities were recently preceded at Old Trafford by a tour party from Kenya, a country famous for striking gold at the Games.
However, education and experience – rather than athletics medals - were on the agenda for the Kenyan teachers during their exchange programme with Cheshire schools. Manchester United’s world-famous home topped their list of places to visit while in England and according to group spokesman Moses Ndirangu, it certainly lived up to expectations.
“It's exciting to be here in Manchester for the first time and to see inside the stadium,” said Moses, head teacher at Mutiume Primary School in the town of Njoro in Nakuru. “When I go back to Kenya, I will tell people about the warm welcome we received at Manchester United, and about how well the facilities here are looked after."
The African teachers were accompanied on a one-hour tour of Old Trafford by their hosts and counterparts from Cheshire, who earlier this year made the corresponding trip to sample life in Kenya - where United's matches are eagerly watched on television.
"The children at home will be so excited to learn more about England from our time here, and especially to hear about Old Trafford,” added Moses. "I've learned a lot about the history of the stadium and how things work here, so I have a lot of information to carry back to Kenya to pass on to the young ones back in my school.”