MC&MA Boys Kick Off United Project

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07/06/2010 by mcmakarolyn

MC&MA Boys with Manchester United Under 16's coach, Zeki Istanbul

Manchester Creative and Media Academy students are paving the way for their peers through an innovative new coaching scheme ran by Manchester United Football Club.

A group of MC&MA pupils travelled to The Cliff, Manchester United’s academy facility in Lower Broughton, for a four-week pilot programme which culminated in a training session for primary school pupils from St Boniface’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Salford.

We are the first school to try out Manchester United academy’s new coaching scheme, ran in conjunction with iDiscover, NESTA’s (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) education programme.


MC&MA Boys outside The Cliff Training Ground

The students spent two weeks planning and discussing the training sessions, which involved warm ups, drills, shooting, kicking the ball and goal scoring. Over the final two weeks of the sessions they completed a Junior Football Organisers course (JFO).

This included a mini tournament where the primary school children formed teams, while MC&MA boys refereed and kept goal. Each of our students received a certificate for their hard work.


Zeki Istanbul, football coach for the Manchester United Foundation, led the students. He said: “They’ve been really good – within a group there were one or two kids that were shy and went to the back, and there’s some that will take the lead which has been very interesting to see.

“It’s been brilliant to see the hard work the school has done with the older guys, and its how been put into practise.”

He added: “On the whole I’m very impressed. I’m very proud of them.”

Mrs Casey, Key Stage 2 Leader at St Boniface’s Roman Catholic Primary School, was also impressed with our pupils.

“They’re really keen and motivated; I think it’s a really good chance for them. They’re really confident but once they work with the younger children their confidence can be tested, so it’s a challenge.

“It was a good experience for both sets of kids.”


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