WATERHEAD ACADEMY recently spent time rubbing shoulders with Manchester United players.
The first-team squad joined students along with other local schoolchildren as they took part in an event to celebrate the work of Manchester United Foundation in the community.
The players showed huge community spirit as they took part in activities at the Aon Training Complex and at Foundation partner schools across Greater Manchester as part of the third annual #SchoolsUnited initiative.
Paul Pogba and Juan Mata led players as they joined pupils trying their hand at football-related games such as inflatable football darts, football pong and a free-kick challenge.
Enjoying his first #SchoolsUnited event, Pogba said: “It is always memorable doing work with the Foundation; we just want to make kids happy.
“For me, when I was a kid, it was a dream to meet a footballer, so it’s good to do things like this and to be an example for children as they are the future.”
An ongoing supporter of the Foundation, Mata added: “The work that the Foundation does in Manchester is incredible and it’s nice for us to get involved and take part in some challenges with the kids – some of them are even better than us!”