Young referees United against racism
Manchester United Foundation continues to amplify the important message of anti-racism across its education programmes, through a collaboration with Kick It Out as part of the Take a Stand campaign.
Funding for the courses was raised by Manchester United fans, through sales of Black Lives Matter-branded home shirts last season. An incredible £14,277 was raised, which was donated to Kick It Out before being allocated back to the Foundation’s inclusion programmes.
This excitement was echoed by Levenshulme student Samaha, 16, who thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to develop her skills. “I’ve always played football from being at primary school, so it’s been really interesting to learn about the practical and theory side of refereeing. I’m aiming to go into medicine, but sport is a big part of who I am, so it’s great to be able to learn these skills to give me other options.”
The girls now look forward to future of brighter opportunities, thanks to Manchester United fans, the club, Kick It Out and the Foundation.
In the ongoing fight for equality, Manchester United launched SEE RED, a campaign which aims to confront the scourge of racism and discrimination in the game. Find out more here.