September 4, 2015 by News, Salford

Young People From Across Greater Manchester Come Together For Football Tournament And Employability Event.


404 Not Found This summer the Rio Ferdinand Foundation hosted a free 5-Aside tournament in Greater Manchester.  Over 140 young people took part from all across the city!


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The first rounds and the girls’ Finals were held at Trafford Soccerdome.  Well done to the girls category winners Boothstown FC and second place Salford FC!

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The Handshake

The boy’s Finals were jointly hosted by Boots N Beats at Ardwick Powerleague and resulted in group winners in 3 different age group categories. The winners and runners-up were presented with certificates, medals and prizes; including t-shirts signed by Rio Ferdinand!


The picture above is of the winners of the boys 11 – 13 category, Future City B.  The picture bellow is of the Captain of Boots and Beats team who won the boys 17 – 20 age category final.

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Alongside the football, some of our friends from Employability services came along to share information with young people and their families.

Jim Clarke from the Apprentice Academy said: ‘What a Hive of activity and a great football project! It was especially good to get to know the Foundation’s Young Ambassador Michelle to hear first hand what the organisation’s activities are all about!”


Jade McHale from Back2Work said: “I Really enjoyed it! I’m looking forward to working with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in the future!

We are really proud of the young volunteers who were an amazing help on the day! They stepped out of their comfort zone and really rose to the challenge! Paulo, Jerell and Josh have gained a number of qualifications with us. Most recently they have graduated from their Level 2 Community Sports Leadership Award.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation would like to thank its funder the Big Lottery, and all the volunteers, partner services and players who came along on the night.

It was such a busy event, and the first one of its size we’ve run in Manchester, so we appreciated everyone’s support! A real team effort!