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Friends of the Academy: Manchester United launch new initiative

We are excited to hear about Manchester United’s new imitative at youth level designed to benefit people all across the North West.

The ‘Friends of the Academy’ initiative will provide the opportunity for local clubs and schools to directly engage with United.

On top of that, the club will also allow them to share resources and knowledge on player development. This move should see the academy build its pre-existing relationship with other junior football clubs.

I can see this benefiting United in the long-term as it helps them secure a pool of talent within the North West.

An initial online session will be held with head of academy Nick Cox, which will be held on Wednesday 4 may at 18:30 BST.

Cox said via ManUtd.com: “The Friends of the Academy initiative is yet another aspect of our programme that is specifically designed to support the local football ecosystem.

“Involving and engaging with our community is fundamental to everything that we do at the Academy, and we are therefore hugely committed to our presence and activity across the region.

“This unique opportunity to share resources and expertise allows us to create a wider coaching network that will directly benefit and develop junior football across the North West.

“We hope that many coaches, schools and clubs take this fantastic opportunity to directly learn and engage with our world-leading youth development system.”

Hats off to the Academy in their bid to help grassroots football.

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