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Pupils from local schools in Derry~Londonderry  are taking part in “United… The Business”, a pilot enterprise programme delivered by the Manchester United Foundation and Ulster University.

The programme aims to inspire young people to engage more positively in education and increase their aspirations and skills so that they can achieve their full potential.

Ten local schools are involved in the pilot on Ulster University’s Magee campus.

This is the first time the Manchester United Foundation has delivered its education programme outside of Greater Manchester.

Both Ulster University and Manchester United Foundation have a wealth of experience in delivering educational programmes to engage and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and unite the communities in which they live. Throughout the programme, dedicated staff deliver interactive programmes and personal development, providing a range of opportunities for local pupils.

In the final phase of the programme the young people have the opportunity put some of their newly acquired skills to good use as they act as Parade Ambassadors at the 2018 Foyle Cup at the Magee Campus and ball assistants and mascots at the Under 19s Manchester United versus Celtic match at the SupercupNI on Saturday 21st of July in Coleraine.

Dr Nigel Dobson, Head of Sports Services, Ulster University said:

“We are delighted to partner with the Manchester United Foundation on this pilot project to inspire and support local young people to achieve their full potential. With Ulster University’s strong reputation for sporting excellence and community engagement through sport, the Manchester United Foundation is the perfect partner.

As Northern Ireland’s civic university, Ulster University plays a pivotal role in the local community. Our campuses are a shared space for education, community and sporting activities that bring communities together. Here at Magee we run a range of school partnerships and community engagement programmes to encourage local young people to develop their skills and realise their ambitions.”

John Shiels, Manchester United Foundation Chief Executive said:

“Working with Ulster University on the ‘United… the Business’ programme has allowed Manchester United Foundation to reach into the Foyle learning community and engage young people using the world’s most recognised sports brand. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be working hand in hand with the University to create positive experiences and life changing opportunities for young fans across the Derry~Londonderry area.”