Here at the Foundation, we’re committed to ensuring that all of our participants have the equipment they need to take part and be the best that they can be, and we don’t just mean on the pitch.
It’s been a difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and whilst our programmes have been postponed, we wanted to make sure that our participants still feel supported and haven’t been forgotten about.
Over the past few months, we’ve been working behind the scenes to help provide food parcels for families, educational resources to pupils and support the delivery of sessions to children of key workers.
As part of this, we also teamed up with our amazing delivery partner Manchester United Foundation, Club 16 member, Sedulo and Stretford High School, to see what else we could do to help. That’s when the ‘back-to-school’ pack initiative was created!
Starting school can be daunting at the best of times, never mind having been in lock down and away from school for so long. So, we wanted to give local youngsters a bit of a helping hand and do something to support their home-schooling and the transition from primary to secondary school.
Yesterday, after being packed by the wonderful teams at Sedulo and Manchester United Foundation, Michael spent the afternoon adding the finishing touches, loading vans and hand-delivering the packs to pupils in the Old Trafford and Stretford areas.
“At our Foundation we strive to ensure that all our participants have the equipment they need to be the best that they can be. Over the last few months we’ve been working closely with Manchester United Foundation, Stretford High School and our Club 16 partner, Sedulo, to create these packs, which will hopefully make lives a little easier for local children.”
Paul Cheetham-Karcz, Managing Partner at Sedulo, added: ““It was a no brainer for us to assist both Michael Carrick Foundation and Manchester United Foundation on this initiative. If ever there was a time for organisations to come together, for the good of the communities we exist in, it is during recent times.
“I would like to thank both Foundations for reaching out to us, and for our staff and clients who all contributed in allowing us to make a difference on this campaign. Sedulo prides itself on taking its social responsibility very seriously, creating a positive impact within society, and hopefully there will be many more projects we can collaborate on in the future.”
Lydia-Rose couldn’t believe it when Michael turned up on her doorstep. “I recognised him but then I had to process what was happening! I’ve watched him play for United but never thought he’d be here,” she said.
“The box will really help with starting high school because it’s got lots of things in it that I’ll need.”
Michael concluded: “It’s been a privilege to be out in the community today helping with the drop offs and I can’t thank everyone enough for all of their support with this project."