local boy Josh Christie, lived a young footballer’s dream on Sunday May 15, after he won a once in a lifetime chance to play football on the world-famous turf at Old Trafford, as part of the Manchester United Soccer Schools ‘Champions Day’ event.
The 10 year old Newtonhill Primary School pupil, took part in ‘Champion’s Day’ after he shone at the ‘Player Development Course’ run by Manchester United Soccer Schools in Glasgow in 2010.
Josh joined 55 children from around the UK to take part in the specialist football workshop at Old Trafford, with the top coaches at Manchester United Soccer Schools, and enjoyed a backstage tour of the stadium, and even made the journey down the club’s sacred tunnel, onto the pitch, followed by an afternoon’s training at the Carrington ground.
Josh said: “I have had such an amazing day at Old Trafford and the Carrington ground, I still can’t believe that I have just played on the same pitch as Hernandez and Rooney. I really hope I can come back and do it all again next year if I get chosen at the PDC course.”
Emma Savage, Head of Manchester United Soccer Schools, says: “Every young player who attends one of our coaching courses has the opportunity to be selected to attend Champions Day with Manchester United Soccer Schools. It is a unique experience for any young footballer to develop their confidence and football skills in an amazing setting and you can just see from the faces of all the children how special this day is to them.”
Josh was lucky enough to be selected to attend Champions Day this year, and Manchester United Soccer Schools is inviting aspiring footballers aged six to 16 to follow in his footsteps by taking part in the two-day ‘Player Development Course’ at All Saints RC Secondary School, in Glasgow on 6th-7th August 2011, where one lucky player will be invited to attend ‘Champions Day’ 2012.
For the more information on Player Development Courses in Glasgow please visit: www.manutdsoccerschools.com/2day.