Manchester United Foundation

Manchester Health Academy and Manchester United Foundation have been in partnership as part of the Foundation’s Hub of the Community programme since 2009.

Manchester United Foundation work in partnership with the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as lead sponsor to develop and promote healthy living through sport and the association with Manchester United, its players and philosophy.

Lee Caldwell, Hub Development Officer

Within the role of Hub Development Officer, Lee works both within the Academy and at its partnership primary schools.


In partnership with staff at Manchester Health Academy, Lee delivers programmes and activities that include:

  • Leadership Programme – this programme runs through both the Academy and the partnership primary schools.
  • Curriculum-based sessions aiming to develop both physical and life skills
  • Girls-only after school sessions with a pathway into junior football
  • Football coaching (Sixth-form team)

Sixth-form students are also encouraged to take part in educational activities such as the FA Junior Football Leaders award which can lead to opportunities in coaching. Five students qualified as coaches through the most recent programme.

Partnership Primary Schools

Lee regularly spends time in our Partnership Primary Schools working with their pupils, and hosts pupil visits to the Academy.  As well as delivering the Leadership programme, Lee organises the Primary Football League.

Rewards and Incentives

The Foundation provides match tickets and other rewards to Academy students who have made particularly good progress.  Students are nominated by their teachers.

MUFC Ball Person

Each year a student is chosen to represent the Academy as a Ball Person.

Street Reds

Hub Officer Lee also delivers evening Community Cohesion sessions at Manchester Health Academy through the Foundation’s Street Reds scheme. Sessions are held on Monday and Friday evenings, 48 weeks of the year, and offer football coaching and a range of alternative activity sessions to young people at times when they could otherwise be engaged in anti-social behaviour. Read more about the Street Reds programme here.

"We deliver curriculum-based sessions to engage pupils to develop both physical and life skills." Lee Caldwell, Hub Development Officer