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Coming together with local community organisations and using the power of sport, Michael Carrick Foundation engages with hundreds of people every year through programme delivery, community campaigns, and volunteering and training opportunities.


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, Greater Manchester and Tyne and Wear.

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Our Purpose


4.3 million children were living in poverty in the UK in 2021.


Newcastle upon Tyne has seen a drastic increase in deprivation over the last five years with the number of children living in poverty now at 41.2%.


1 in 10 children aged 10 to 15 reported feeling prolonged periods of loneliness.


In 2021 it was reported that 1 in 5 youngsters aged 12-15 had a mental health disorder such as anxiety or depression.


34.2% of children aged 10 to 11 living in the UK are overweight or obese.


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.


To commit to providing opportunities for youngsters to thrive in communities close to Michael's heart.

Our Team

Lisa graduated from Newcastle University with a BA Honours

Degree in Business Administration before becoming a certified BCP Pilates Instructor and achieving Level 3 REP in personal training.  

Lisa has since set up her own Pilates studio and business and has been heavily involved in the set up and running of Michael Carrick Foundation. 


Michael is Manchester United’s Assistant Coach and Former Player.  

During his playing career he made 701 appearances for club and country and is now regarded as one of the most decorated football players in England. He has won 5 Premier League titles, 1 FA Cup, 3 League Cups, 6 Community Shields and has been part of 3 Champions League Finals and 1 Club World Cup. 




Nik is the Managing Partner at Brabners LLP, a leading UK law firm with offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. Having joined the firm in 1995, he spent six years on the firm’s management board before becoming Managing Partner.  
Nik also has previous experience as a non-executive director and chairman in the third sector. 


Jo is the CEO at Tongue Tied Media, a Sports Management Agency and Production Company representing some of the UK’s best-known sportspeople and personalities. 

With nearly 20 years in the Industry Jo has experience across the board in sport, media and commercial opportunities. 


Jo is also an FA registered agent and is passionate about securing fair contracts for all clients be they male or female. 


Graeme is FA Youth Development Phase (12-16) DNA Lead and FA Regional Coach Mentor, as well as being a part time men’s football coach at Durham University. 
Graeme has previously worked in various coaching roles with The FA, Wallsend Boys Club, Newcastle United and Team Northumbria, and was a young professional footballer at West Ham United. 


Kay is the Senior Donor Development Fundraiser at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, which provides a wide range of end of life, health and well-being services for local people in Durham.  


Having also achieved a distinction level qualification in Fundraising Management from The Institute of Fundraising, Kay is passionate about third sector and responsible fundraising.  


Paul is a Director at Grant Thornton, a leading Accountancy and Advisory firm, where he is their UK Head of Not for Profit. He specialises in internal audit, risk management and governance services to charities and wider Not for Profit organisations.

Paul is active within the Charity sector and regularly speaks at Charity conferences on risk and internal audit topics. Outside of the office, Paul spends time with his two boys, and is a season ticket holder at Manchester United.

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