John Shiels with Erik ten Hag

Ten Hag donates to Winter Coat Appeal

Friday 06 October 2023 18:00

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag joined the rest of his squad in making a donation to our Foundation's Winter Coat Appeal on Friday.

The club's charitable arm wants players, staff and supporters to help ensure that local young people can access warm clothing this winter.

United take on Brentford at Old Trafford on Saturday and fans are being asked to give unwanted clean adult and children's coats to the Foundation, which will redistribute them to those accessing its community and education programmes, as well as local poverty charities in Greater Manchester.

Our players got involved with the appeal ahead of the meeting with the Bees, while Ten Hag donated his own coat to John Shiels, chief executive of the Manchester United Foundation, during his pre-match press conference at Carrington.

Winter Coat Appeal: Ten Hag donates Video

Winter Coat Appeal: Ten Hag donates

Watch the moment Erik donated to our Winter Coat Appeal, alongside the Foundation's John Shiels...

Shiels gave a short speech about the campaign to begin the media briefing, while the boss also spoke clearly and concisely on the importance of helping those less fortunate at this time of year.

“I think it's important that we are together [as a] society,” Ten Hag said. “We have to support everyone who has problems, difficulties.

“I think everyone who has it very good, you can give something that is a part of you.

“You can share something definitely, so hopefully this campaign, everyone is supportive of it. Give everything you can, because I think many people can give something.”

Coats can be donated at the bag-drop locations indicated on this map. Visit the links below for more information.


The Winter Coat Appeal is running for the Brentford game only, with fans invited to donate both before and after the match, which kicks off at 15:00 BST.

Coats can be donated from midday at signposted donation bins next to the five bag-drop locations on site at Old Trafford. Donations will also be accepted one hour after full-time (approximately 18:00 BST). All bag drop locations can be found here.

Last season, the Foundation gave out almost 10,000 items of warm winter clothing and slow cookers to young people and their families, helping them through the effects of the rising cost-of-living crisis and fuel poverty.

Visit to learn more about the Foundation’s work across Greater Manchester.