Strettycast: Interview with Manchester United Foundation exec – over £1m donated during global pandemic

This week the Strettycast interviewed Manchester United Foundation chief executive John Shiels about the incredible work they’ve done to help vulnerable families amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

Manchester United Foundation has committed £1m into the Greater Manchester community and beyond over the past few weeks to support the families and young people with whom it usually work on a daily basis, and the global youth charities through Supporters’ Clubs.

We’ve uploaded the interview as a podcast — available on Apple Podcast, aCast and Spotify — and it makes for a very humbling listen.

Alternatively, you can listen below via aCast’s web player.

Shiels is a credit to the club and you can tell from our conversation that he wants to help people.

As a fan covering United, we see lots of negativity in the media — and sometimes contribute to it (!) — but we can all agree that United have led by example as a football club during this pandemic.

Below I have listed some incredible gestures from the Manchester United Foundation:

  • £300,000 donated to the Foundation’s partner schools and colleges
  • £240,000 donated to the Supporters’ Clubs for them to choose a youth charity to help with local COVID-19 campaigns worldwide
  • 60,000 meals donated to the NHS
  • Donating funds and supporting food deliveries to food banks

The main focus for the Foundation is that already vulnerable families and young people they usually work with on a day-to-day basis now need support more than ever. United are doing their bit to make a difference.

You can read further information on all Foundation activations here.

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