Bedford High unites with the Red Devils

Bedford signs up with Manchester United
Bedford signs up with Manchester United

A Leigh high school has joined the Premier League after signing an exciting deal to work alongside the charitable arm of the world’s biggest football club.

Bedford High School has made history this week by becoming the first school outside of Manchester to become an official partner school to the Manchester United Foundation.

The specialist business and enterprise college is one of just nine schools to be part of the Manchester United Foundation, which carries out community work on behalf of the Red Devils and aims to create strong links with schools and the communities they serve.

The Manchester United Foundation offers a range of educational opportunities for students which are aimed at improving confidence, life-skills and ultimately career prospects.

Foundation coaches will work with the staff and pupils at Bedford on a regular basis and the lucky students will also have the opportunity to meet some of the United’s star players.

Bedford High School headteacher Stephen Preston said: “The courses being run in conjunction with the Manchester United Foundation will give our students the chance to gain qualifications and experience that will give them the winning edge in an increasingly competitive jobs and careers market. It’s also going to be great fun for the students to be associated with some of football’s superstars.”

Students and staff from Bedford went along to Manchester United’s training ground at Carrington this week to officially launch the partnership.

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Through working in partnerships, Manchester United Foundation will develop youngsters so that they are able to acquire qualities that will remain with them through life – being positive, believing in themselves, working hard and recognising the importance of team work. These are all attributes which I instill every day in our players.”

As part of the project a group of Year 9 students are already working with the club’s Foundation coaches on classroom and practical activities.