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A youngster throws a ball while on work experience with the Manchester United Foundation.

United Foundation provide matchday work opportunities

The Manchester United Foundation is helping young people get matchday work experience.

Through its Employability and Skills programme, the Foundation is helping young Reds take the first step on the career ladder.

\Matchday opportunities are offered to youngsters in four different areas through its partner schools and projects. These include ball assistants, stadium welcomers, community football coaches and teamsheet runners. The roles are filled by over 40 young people who were selected following successful job interviews, with most applicants receiving excellent preparation due to their previous involvement with the Foundation.
A young person enjoying their work experience at Manchester United.
One of the youngsters who enjoyed a matchday work experience with the Foundation.
One of the most sought-after roles is that of a ball assistant. Luke, who was a pupil at partner school Great Academy Ashton, spoke of his excitement when accepting the job.
“I'm a major United fan so I said I'd love to do it. I just knew it would be a great experience,”
said Luke.
“I've been involved with the Foundation for a while and done a few things through school, like volunteering and refereeing at football events across Manchester.”


Rob Martin, Manchester United Foundation's employability and skills manager, explained why the roles are vital to the development of young people.
“These roles enable participants to learn, develop and prove a range of transferable skills for their future employment,”
he said.
“The opportunities also increase their awareness of employment opportunities within and beyond the football industry. The young people learn different types of communication techniques and professional etiquette, which is essential for any future role,”
Rob added.

The Employability and Skills programme provides entry roles at Manchester United for youngsters who attend Foundation schools and projects. These opportunities can also be a stepping stone for future jobs and long-term employment, with many participants progressing to work across club departments in catering, the Museum, hospitality, the Megastore and matchday roles with managerial responsibility.

For more information about the Foundation visit mufoundation.org.

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