The Michael Carrick Foundation is striving to create opportunities where youngsters from across Greater Manchester and Tyne and Wear feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve their full potential.
Newcastle born and bred, Michael has always had a deep-rooted passion for football which began at the age of just four, when he started attending Wallsend Boys Club.
The Club supports young people by unlocking their sporting potential, developing their skills and resilience and helping them to become positive figures in their community.
Through his time at Wallsend and experience growing up in an area of deprivation, Michael learnt the skills and discipline needed to not only become a professional footballer, but a dedicated and respected role model. Michael strongly believes that his achievements would not have been possible without the support and services that were available to him, both on and off the pitch.
It's this belief that has inspired Michael to give something back and is the platform for which The Michael Carrick Foundation was built.
Through his foundation, Michael is committed to providing opportunities for youngsters to thrive in communities close to his heart.
AT THIS TIME THESE YOUNGSTERS NEED HELP MORE THAN EVER BEFORE:
3.9 million – the number of children who currently live in poverty in the UK.
£123 million - the cost of cuts made in youth services in the last two financial years.
600 – the number of youth centres in England that have been closed due to lack of funding between 2012 and 2016.
34.2% - the percentage of children aged 10-11 who are overweight or obese living in the UK.
Inclusive | Empowering | Creative | Collaborative
To provide youngsters with empowering opportunities delivered in safe and creative spaces.
To inspire participants to reach their full potential and be the best that they can be.
To create a lasting legacy that will inspire this generation and generations to come.