Fernandes presents award to Foundation participant

Tuesday 20 February 2024 09:30

Bruno Fernandes has presented a Manchester United Foundation participant, Arissa, with the Community Captain award as part of the Premier League’s More Than A Game campaign.

In a special moment, the Manchester United skipper handed Arissa a captain’s armband and pennant in recognition of her dedication to Foundation and Premier League-supported programmes. 

In the past four years, Arissa has completely turned her life around after initially being referred to the Foundation’s targeted prevention programme [funded by the Premier League] where she would take part in workshops around youth violence prevention and personal development.

This transitioned to Arissa joining a Street Reds [Premier League Kicks] session in Moss Side, using her love of football to develop her confidence and leadership skills.

From one captain to another Video

From one captain to another

Meet Arissa, the United Foundation participant who has been named Community Captain by Reds skipper Bruno Fernandes...

At the end of 2023, Arissa was successful in joining the Street Games Youth Advisory Board as an advisor, inputting to national policy around youth community sport and engagement. 

Thrilled at receiving the award, Arissa said: "It’s been amazing to be here, meet Bruno and receive this award; it means a lot to me.

"Manchester United Foundation is not just football, it’s a safe space for a lot of kids. I’ve always said if I can help a kid like I was helped, I think I’d be very grateful." 

Inspired by their interaction, Bruno said: "It’s been a pleasure to meet Arissa and hear all about her journey with the Foundation.

"It’s amazing what programmes like these can do for young people in the local community and how it can literally change their life. 

"This is what Manchester United is about, supporting young people and being there for our communities and fans.

"I’m sure Arissa will go on to do great things in her life and I’m fortunate to present her with this award."
Bruno Fernandes chats to Arissa who, like him, inspires those in her community.

Arissa continued: "Back when I was in school, I was taking everything for granted, but if you look in the right places there are opportunities, and I want to be that person to bring even more opportunities into the community.

"It’s also helped my own mindset. My mum and dad are always pushing me to come to the projects. Without them and the Foundation, I think my life could have taken a whole different path. United and the Foundation are that staple in the community."

The More Than A Game campaign highlights how the Premier League’s investment into all levels of football enables people connected to clubs to have a positive impact on their local communities.

Find out more about Manchester United Foundation here.


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