A Whole New Ball Game!

Manchester United legend Denis Irwin opens our new community sports pitch.

Legendary former Manchester United FC defender Denis Irwin visited the Academy on Friday to officially open our new all-weather pitch.

The new floodlit playing surface, which can be used all-year-round, compliments our other sports facilities. These include two full-size grass pitches; two 7v7 pitches; one 9v9 pitch and a small-sided AGP.  The Academy worked in partnership with the Manchester FA to secure a £386,583 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (delivered by the Football Foundation) towards the pitch.

3G opening

Mr Green, Principal of the Academy, said: “I wish to thank Denis Irwin for coming along and making this event so memorable for our students and the pupils who joined us from our Partnership Primary Schools. This brilliant new facility will make a huge impact on grassroots sports locally, providing a top quality venue for more than a thousand local sports players each week.”

A partner school of Manchester United Foundation, the Academy has a strong tradition of sports education. Currently, we have six students who are signed to professional clubs’ academies, including Everton FC; Burnley FC; Oldham FC and Sheffield Wednesday FC.


Our Manchester United Foundation officer, Lee Caldwell, is based permanently in the Academy and will deliver a range of curriculum and community-focused sports activities from the new pitch. These include girls’ development, leadership courses and Street Reds evening football sessions, which aim to give young people opportunities within the game.

Manchester United Foundation also rewards students who have been nominated by their teachers for good progress with free match tickets. More broadly, the charity works alongside the Academy’s lead sponsor, the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, to promote healthy lifestyles at the school.

During the visit, Denis Irwin watched students playing on the pitch before taking part in a Q&A session and officially unveiling the new facility.


The former defender, who won 20 major honours during his 12-year stay with United, said: “Unveiling this new pitch was a pleasure for me, especially seeing so many youngsters out enjoying their football. It’s a wonderful facility and will no doubt become a magnet for people to visit and enjoy playing sport at.

“Having spent 12 great years with United, I am really pleased to see them involved so much at the school. Manchester United Foundation is doing great work to provide opportunities for students here, as well as out in the community. Facilities like this are vital to help them reach people. It’s not necessarily about turning pro, it’s about making sure people stay fit and healthy, make new friends and start out on the right path in life.

“Funding for this pitch has come from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which means money from the top of the game is being shared with the grassroots. Congratulations to everyone who made this possible. Enjoy the new pitch!”


Manchester Health Academy worked alongside the Manchester FA and the Football Foundation to compile a five-year Football Development Plan, which is a vision of how sport will be played on site with an emphasis on increasing participation.

The project will not only benefit the Academy’s students, but will also have a number of other users. Partner organisations Wythenshawe Amateurs FC, Wythenshawe Town FC and South Manchester Girls League will all use the new 3G AGP to deliver training and fixtures, alongside local community clubs including: Altrincham Hale FC; Alderley FC; Brooklands Dragons FC and Timperley Villa FC.

The number of teams using the site is expected to rise from 32 to 92. There is currently a lack of pitches in the area that are of a similar standard, so demand is high. Of the 60 new teams expected to be using the facility, it is predicted that 29 will be female sides. The school hopes to become a hub for women and girls’ football, as improving local female football participation is a key objective. A boost of 175% in female football participation across all ages is expected at the site as a result.


Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “This is a fantastic new facility, and I am honoured to have been asked to help unveil it. It is evident that the all-weather pitch will be hugely beneficial to the school’s pupils and the local community, offering a way to get active and have fun. It was also great to have Denis Irwin here, helping to inspire the students.

“Thanks to funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, the Football Foundation is working to create state-of-the-art facilities for grassroots sport up and down the country. I’d like to congratulate the school for securing this funding and support, resulting in an all-weather pitch that is going to improve the health and wellbeing of its many students.”

Year 7 & 8 Girls Football Team



Manchester United Foundation are hosting the annual Premier League Schools Tournament at the famous Cliff Training Ground again this year, with the winners going through to play at a Premier League ground against the other Premier League sides.

We are looking to choose 8 girls to represent MHA at this tournament and to be selected you will need to attend training sessions on Thursdays 3-4pm after school.

Premier League Schools Tournament


Manchester United Foundation

Manchester United Foundation uses football to engage and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and unite the communities in which they live. Dedicated staff deliver football coaching, educational programmes and personal development, providing young people with opportunities to change their lives for the better.

See more at: http://www.mufoundation.org/en/About-Us.aspx#sthash.9rPvA4LN.dpuf

Well done Santa Runners!

Well done to our Santa Runners! Miss Woods, Miss Bleasedale and Miss Warren donned their Santa suits on Sunday and completed the 5k MUFC Santa Run, raising a whopping £428.00 for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital!

They all worked very hard to prepare for the run, with Miss Bleasedale visiting the gym at 6am, Mrs Warren running and Miss Wood jogging 3 times a week, even in the rain!

Can we get them over £500.00? You can still donate on their JustGiving page, or text your amount with MHAA50 to 70070.

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Year 9 students play at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’

Max Fitzpatrick playing during the MU Foundation pitch day.

Max Fitzpatrick playing during the MU Foundation pitch day.

During the half term break students from year 9 were given the opportunity of a lifetime to play on the hallowed turf at Old Trafford.

The students (Curtis Miller, Dre Taylor, Max Fitzpatrick & Matthew Murray) were selected for their outstanding behaviour and attitude towards PE & Sport, by the PE department. The day consisted of students from the Manchester United Foundation’s ‘Hub of the Community’ partner schools, who had also selected two students to represent their schools. The game was a thriller with the final score 4-4, and two of the MHA students (Curtis Miller & Max Fitzpatrick) scoring goals for their respective team.

The students were then treated to a special visit into the home team dressing room, which was still set up from the last home game versus Arsenal. The students got to take pictures in front of their favourite players shirts, and to end the day all the players got to keep the shirt they had worn during the game as a memento of their day.

Congratulations for all your efforts in school boys, keep up the good work.

Manchester United Ball person 2015/16

This is just a reminder that all applications for the ball person role have to received before Friday 22nd May at 5pm where the application will not receive any submitted applications after this time.

Thanks to those that have applied for the role, but it is only for Year 9 students only.

We will now be supporting Champions League football for next season so this is a great opportunity for those that apply.

Thanks Mr Caldwell.

Manchester United Ball person 2015/16 season

The form is now available to apply for the Manchester United Ball person role for the season 2015/16. Remember the role is available to boys and girls this season.

Just a reminder that the deadline for entries is Friday 22nd May. Please follow the link below to apply for the role.

Thank you and good luck to everyone.

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Manchester United Girls Centre of Excellence trials

Manchester United Foundation is holding open trials for its FA Girls Centre of Excellence. If you love football and want to be at the top of your game, then attend our open trials at Ayrshire Road Training Ground.

The Manchester United Foundation FA Girls Centre of Excellence provides opportunities for girls to play football at the highest standard, with the potential to progress into the international programme. If you are selected for the Centre we will provide you with intensive training and support, along with the chance to compete against other Centres of Excellence teams from the North West.