Manchester United have embarked on a new initiative aimed at increasing their pool of local talent in order to find potential stars of the future.
The Emerging Talent Programme is to work with over 20,000 children and young people over the next three years as the Premier League club broadens its engagement with local schools and grassroots clubs across Manchester and the north west.
The project is to operate under the overall academy structure and focus on three main areas as it forms a bridge between the community and curriculum-based charitable work undertaken in over 50 local schools by the Manchester United Foundation.
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The offer is there for every primary and secondary/high school to participate in a tournament or football festival to be hosted by the Emerging Talent Programme.
For grassroots clubs, relationships will be strengthened at every level across Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Yorkshire, supporting recruitment coverage and bridging the gap between grassroots and elite football.
A minimum of 50 clubs will receive on-site visits each year.
Finally, an Emerging Talent Centre based at the AON Training Complex will be in operation for 44 weeks of the year offering a high-quality development programme for identified talented footballers.
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