Tyres, the Global Tyre Partner to Manchester United, has launched the United
We Play programme to encourage young football talent from across the
country. Talented kids will be trained by the Manchester United Soccer School
(MUSS) coaches, with the best performers receiving once in a lifetime
opportunity to train with the Manchester United’s U-18 team, which will be
visiting India for the first time in May this year.
Ronny Johnsen, ex-Manchester United centre back and midfielder, who has won 4 League titles (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001), one FA Cup (1999) and one UEFA Champions League (1999) with the club, launched the ‘United We Play’ programme along with Rajesh Dahiya, Vice President, Marketing, Sales and Service (India, SAARC & Oceania), Apollo Tyres Ltd in Mumbai, India.
The United We Play programme will be held in two age groups — U-13 and U-16 — in Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai and Bengaluru in the next two months, with around 3000 young footballers expected to take part. The initial programme will be run by local coaches, before the young footballers get a chance to impress coaches from the Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS). During this stage of the programme, participants will be taught some of the same skills and techniques imparted at Manchester United.
The 32 best performers, selected by the MUSS coaches from across the country, will congregate in Mumbai to participate in two training sessions with the Manchester United U-18 squad, who for the first time, will be visiting India on tour later this year.