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Our Partnerships

FC United of Manchester remains committed to being of benefit to the communities it serves, a commitment enshrined in our founding manifesto.

In recent months we have been working very hard with Manchester Council to make this commitment a reality.

This has resulted in a significant expansion in the scale and scope of our community work. Over the next few months we will have an impact on the lives of many people living in Manchester and Greater Manchester, expanding the number of people involved in the delivery of our community work and developing our expertise and the range of projects we take on.

Between now and the end of March 2013, we will be working in the following areas with a range of partners;

Young People who are not in Employment or Training (partnering with MX Data and Sport England)

We are very grateful for the significant donation made by MX Data and to Sport England who matched the money that MX Data have invested. We have used this money to fund a programme to help young people progress into sustainable employment, education and training including young people facing particular challenges including careleavers, ex-offenders, mental health service users, young people with special needs and young people who are homeless.

Positive Activities for Young People (partnering with Manchester Council, Salford Council, Children in Need and Youth on Solid Ground)

FC United coaches deliver regular sessions for young people as follows;
  • football and basketball sessions on Friday nights at Abraham Moss Leisure Centre.

  • football sessions at William Hulme Grammar School in Whalley Range on Tuesday nights.

  • football sessions in Miles Platting on Monday and Wednesday nights.

  • football sessions in Manley Park on Monday nights.

  • football sessions in Lower Broughton on Friday nights.

We also have a programme for young people in Moston and Newton Heath and in Moss Side and Hulme planned for the summer of 2012. Our major funding partner for these activities is the Manchester City Council Youth Fund and Manchester College. These programmes offer young people training in sports coaching, football training sessions with FC United coaches and volunteering opportunities. They aim to support young people as they make the transition to college and are very successful in developing sustained participation in sport among young people.

Children in Need are funding a pilot project aimed at raising aspirations of young people across North Manchester with a special focus on Cheetham Hill.

Young Volunteers (partnering with Manchester Council, Manchester College, Manchester Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University)

FC United have a long track record of working with young volunteers, training them and giving them opportunities to develop their skills and confidence. As far as possible we try to give our volunteers an employability skills assessment accredited by Manchester College.

Wellbeing Project (partnering with Manchester City Council, ZEST and ADACTUS Housing Trust).

The Wellbeing project has recruited over 30 volunteers to visit an older person who lives alone in Miles Platting and Newton Heath once a week. The project also organises trips to watch FC united matches aimed especially at people who would otherwise not get out much.

Community Cohesion (partnering with The Coop)

FC United has a long track record of using football to overcome tensions between different communities and has developed close links with football clubs which are especially welcoming to ethnic groups currently under-represented in football. 

After School Clubs

The list of schools in which we run after school clubs and football sessions during the timetabled school day currently includes St. Augustine’s in Monsall, Bowker Vale in Crumpsall, St. Patrick’s in Collyhurst, Cheetham Primary School and St. Paul’s Primary School in Withington. 

Playschemes (partnering with Manchester Council and ADACTUS Housing Trust)

Our school holiday play schemes for children are becoming increasingly popular and are still free of charge. Locations vary but, as an example, in Easter 2012 we worked in Moston, New Moston, Newton Heath, Clayton, Cheetham Hill and Whalley Range.

Sports Development (partnering with Manchester Council, Greater Sport and Sport England)

We continue to work with partners to help them identify and obtain funding which they can use to develop sport. We recently helped ADACTUS Hosuing to secure a grant to develop junior football in Miles Platting and are now working with them, Manchester Council and a local junior football team to develop new teams based at Park View Primary School in Miles Platting.

Working with Young Offenders (partnering with Werrington YOI)

Our coaches Roy Soule and Swampy Bennett have been working at Werrington YOI for some time now training young offenders as sports leaders and have been very encouraged by the enthusiastic response from staff and inmates.

Website Links

Youth on Solid Ground

MX Data


First Posted ~ 17:59 Fri 20 Apr 2012
News ID ~ 8892
Last Updated ~ 03:30 Wed 17 Feb 2021