Academy staff start daily challenge for Prostate Cancer UK

Friday 18 November 2022 08:35

Throughout November, a team of colleagues from the Manchester United Academy are raising money for the Prostate United initiative – a challenge run by Prostate Cancer UK for those working in football.

Staff from across the Academy, including Travis Binnion, Paul McShane and Tom Huddlestone, will be running (either 3k, 5k or 10k) or cycling (10k, 15k or 25k) for 30 consecutive days!

‘Prostate United’, a month-long fundraising effort, has seen hundreds of football club staff run or cycle throughout November every year since 2018. The goal? To raise funds in the fight against a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes.

Our Under-18s manager Travis Binnion and coach Paul McShane are both taking part in the challenge.

Since its inception as a two-man challenge four years ago, Prostate United has branched out into the sporting landscape, with participants running or cycling at clubs across the English football pyramid, Scotland and the USA – as well as rugby league and ice hockey club staff – raising more than £280,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

The efforts have been organised by Matt Walker, Head of PDP athletic development at the Academy, who has done the challenge for the past couple of years, running 10k a day.

We'll be following the team's efforts over the next month, but you can show your support by sponsoring them via their Just Giving page.

To find out more information about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football click here, while anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK's Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service: The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 8pm on Wednesdays.

And to help men find out whether they are at increased risk of developing the disease, Prostate Cancer UK has launched an online risk checker, available here, where men can check their own risk in 30 seconds.