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In a groundbreaking agreement, FC United and northerncare have agreed to provide free tickets to Greater Manchester’s young people in care and their carers for all the club’s home fixtures this season.

northerncare is a major provider of residential care for young people, and its Managing Director, David Rae, is a fan of FC United. northerncare are particularly keen, not only to encourage young people to enjoy the big match atmosphere provided at FC United, but also to engage in other activities with the club for example participation in football tournaments, work experience and artistic competitions.

In a statement, Rae commented: "We are extremely proud to be leading the way with this pioneering project, working in partnership with local authorities and FC United. It is a true representation of the principles by which the company runs; supporting young people in order to further their lives.

"We believe that all young people should be encouraged to participate in their communities and we are endeavouring to facilitate this with all our partners."

Already several of the 12 local authorities have expressed enthusiasm over the scheme, which it is hoped will inspire other clubs and care providers to establish around the country.

Maxine Wrigley MBE, National Co-ordinator of A National Voice for Young People in Care, and herself once in care, has expressed her enthusiasm: "We at ANV are pleased to be associated with this project @ young people have often told us that participation in sports and leisure is very important to them. We hope care providers and clubs around the country will be inspired by this project."

FC United’s General Manager, Andy Walsh declared: "This unique initiative demonstrates our commitment to making football accessible to all, and is an addition to our existing partnerships with local schools and junior football clubs."

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First Posted ~ 16:30 Tue 1 Aug 2006
News ID ~ 407
Last Updated ~ 13:41 Mon 21 May 2018