TOUR 2011 NEWS

30/07/2011 01:06, Report by Nick Coppack in Washington DC
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Reds' lasting legacy

Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley and Mame Biram Diouf took part in the Manchester United Foundation's final Special Olympics sessions in the United States.

Before heading to first-team training at Washington DC's FedEx Field on Friday, the Reds trio dropped in on the Aon-sponsored clinic to give local kids a few tips on playing the beautiful game.

The sessions, which help develop soccer skills and teamwork among intellectually-challenged youngsters, have been a big hit during United's USA Tour, and Washington DC's was no exception.

Tom Cleverley oversaw shooting practice at the University of America (and gave a few tips on how to celebrate a goal) and told ManUtd.com: "It's always good to meet young footballers and pass on advice, and I think all the players who have been involved in the Special Olympics sessions have had a great time.

"Some of these kids haven't had a lot of luck in life or the sorts of opportunities most others enjoy, so it's nice to come down to these coaching clinics and help put smiles on their faces and spend a bit of time with them."

The players took part in the coaching drills before posing for photographs and signing autographs.

"It doesn't take much from us, as players, to make a difference," Cleverley added. "I've been at the club for a long time so I know all about the good work the Foundation does in the community. I think I speak for all the players when I say we're more than happy to play our part."

Manchester United Foundation chief executive John Shiels says the sessions in the States will benefit those who took part long after the Reds return to England.

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