Pitch perfect for training with Manchester United players

Pitch perfect for training with Manchester United players

Christmas came early for learners from Salford City College Girls Football Academy when they were invited to train with Manchester United first-team footballers Marouane Fellaini, Jonny Evans, Ben Amos, Antonio Valencia and Anderson.

The students were invited invited to train on a synthetic pitch next to the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford with some of the club’s specialist women’s coaches.

They were thrilled when the Premier League stars joined in a kickabout and posed for photos with them afterwards.

One of the learners, Emma Farrington, aged 17, who is studying maths and English GCSEs and a diploma level three in sport, said: “I can’t believe we were given the opportunity to train at Old Trafford. The best bit was definitely meeting the players.”

Kelly Macphail, head coach at the academy, said: “The visit was a fantastic way to reward the team just before Christmas and hopefully this has inspired them to continue working hard so that we can finish this season on a high.”

Photo caption: (Back row from left) Marouane Fellaini, Ben Amos, Anderson, Antonio Valencia and Jonny Evans. Front row: Salford College Girls Academy footballers