The Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association have been working with youth charity the Prince’s Trust since 1997, using the power of football to help more than 18,000 vulnerable and unemployed young people in the UK.
Ferdinand has been an ambassador of the Trust since he was a teenager at West Ham and was at Old Trafford with PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor to help kick off the next three years of the partnership.
During the event, the United defender answered several questions posed by youngsters involved in Trust programmes, who also spoke about the positive impact it has had on their lives.
Asked what advice he would give to people who might not be sure what they want to do in the future, Rio said: "You’ve always got to have a dream, an idea in your head, even if you’re not sure sometimes. If you’ve got a passion, find a way into it and go for it, 100 per cent.
"And believe in what you’re doing. Set yourself targets and then go for them. Once you start ticking them off, set new goals – you need that to succeed."