Mascot’s thank you visit for designs

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ENTERPRISING 10 year-olds from a Leigh junior school have been helping the world’s largest football club improve its branding and image.

And in return Leigh CE received a special visit from Manchester United’s mascot Fred the Red, who popped into the Henrietta Street school to take a look at the children’s work and say a big thank-you from the club.

It’s all part of a pioneering project to get the primary school pupils thinking about the world of big business, marketing and their own future.

Earlier this year Leigh’s Bedford High School signed a groundbreaking partnership deal with the Manchester United Foundation.

Bedford, a specialist business and enterprise college, is one of just eight schools to be part of the Foundation – the charity arm of the Red Devils’ footballing empire, which aims to create strong links with schools and the communities they serve, inspiring young people to create better futures for themselves.

The project offers a range of educational opportunities for students aimed at improving their confidence, life-skills and ultimately their career prospects.

This is why Fred and the gang were at Leigh CE Juniors. The school is one of four primaries in Leigh whose Year Five pupils are working through a six-week enterprise course entitled Make United Look the Business, part of which involves the pupils designing a new home shirt for Fred the Red!

Pupil Cailey, 10, said: “It’s been really interesting and good fun as well! I love Manchester United and Wayne Rooney is my favorite player so designing a new shirt for the club has been great.”