November 30, 2015 by News, Salford

Rio Ferdinand Foundation – Salford Team Assemble!

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members of staff here at our Salford base!


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David is a dedicated and creative individual and we are very excited to have him on board.

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David has over five years of experience in the Welfare to Work sector. Supporting people from areas across Greater Manchester to move forward successfully into employment. David has achieved this by taking the time to understand an individual’s needs, their own personal barriers and provided support to help overcome them. David has assisted many people into placements and voluntary roles, where they have experienced new environments, in many cases their first experiences of work, and helped them to gain the key skills needed to improve their confidence, self esteem and motivation.

In addition to this, David has played a key role in securing permanent employment for a substantial number of candidates across Greater Manchester. Along with this he has helped to guide many candidates into further training and development, supporting them closer to their goals through recognised qualifications.

David is also a keen scriptwriter and continues to work on his own original film scripts at every chance he gets! He studied scriptwriting at the University of Salford, gaining an MA with Merit in 2010. Currently David is writing a feature film that is due to be shot in 2016 after already developing a number of successful and award winning short films!

Sport and creativity have always been an important part of David’s life. Playing Basketball for the Sale Youth Team in Trafford, David has also been a lifelong supporter of Manchester United! So for him it’s such a great opportunity to now be a part of Rio’s Foundation. David is a strong believer in sport, art and creativity as ways of not just acquiring skills but really building a positive sense of identity and self-expression.

David said “I feel that the RFF’s mission to provide opportunities and development for young people through Sports, Arts & Media really fits with my character and I am looking forward to bringing the combination of my skills, experience and creativity into this role”.

We would like to say a massive thank you to all that applied for this role, there were over 300 applicants for the positon of Project Worker and we meet some truly fantastic people through the process!

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation would also like to re-introduce Ben McGivern!!!

As our previous Communications Assistant, Ben was a brilliant and consistent asset to our team. He has now taken on the role of Sports for Development Media Intern and we couldn’t be more excited to have him back in the office and working on our programmes!


Ben studied at the Manchester Metropolitan University where he achieved a 2:2 in BA Combined Honours: History with Cultural Studies. While studying at University, Ben worked part time at a family-run building company where he developed skills within several different roles from administration to sales, as well as fitting and installation.

After Ben graduated from University he started to follow his aspirations of youth and community work and began volunteering for a grassroots football team: Fletcher Moss Rangers FC.

After being put in contact with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Ben signed up for several free qualifications: FA Level 1 Football Coaching, Equality & Diversity Training, Inclusive Coaching and a Level 2 Sports Leadership Award.
That year Ben’s under 8s team was promoted to the first division by the end of summer. He is now Assistant Manger to the Head Coach!

As our previous Communications Assistant for the foundation in Salford, Ben was heavily involved with the coordination of our summer programmes for 2015. Ben documented all of our great events over this busy period, producing content for our communications, marketing and digital media outputs.

Ben is an avid follower of football and boxing, and a dedicated Manchester United fan. Whilst working for the foundation he hopes to project manage his own Boxing Programme for young men and women.

Ben said “I am so excited to be working with the Foundation again, the work that RFF does within the community is inspirational and to be a part of that is truly amazing!”


Programme Manager Victoria Lowe is delighted to welcome the new team into our Media City based office. “Its absolutely wonderful to have both David and Ben on board. To combine all of our knowledge, skills and passion for youth & community work – 2016 is set to be a fantastic year!”