Academy 360 students walked in the footsteps of Manchester United greats like David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona on a tour of Old Trafford.
They were guided around the 75,000 seater stadium home to the Red Devils, walking out to the pitch side down the famous players’ tunnel and taking in the surrounds of a venue which has staged some of football’s most memorable matches.
Students were able to walk into the players’ dressing room and take selfies by the shirts worn by Manchester United players including Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Jesse Lingard.
Also on their itinerary was United’s trophy room housing the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and World Club Championship silverware as well as a history of the club’s finest games and players.
The stadium tour for 14 boys and girls is an example of the unrivalled extra-curricular activities Academy 360 offers its students.
Academy 360 is part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust and thanks to the trust’s sponsor Lord Laidlaw is able to offer financial support to provide a rich variety of sports, arts and cultural activities to students.
The Manchester United tour was arranged and led by the Martin Gray Football Academy (MGFA), one of the North East’s leading football academies which works closely with Academy 360 to deliver professional standard coaching to its students.
MGFA’s Deano Browne and Academy 360 teacher Dan McKay led the Manchester United tour.
“Old Trafford is one of the great stadiums in world football and the reception Manchester United gave our students was fantastic,” said Dan.
“Our students loved the chance to walk into the players’ dressing room and then to walk out through the main tunnel down to the pitch – a walk which so many great players have taken.”
Academy 360 Principal Rachel Donohue said: “Academy 360 is able to offer unrivalled opportunities to our students outside of normal school hours, such as the Manchester United stadium tour and a recent visit for two of our students to train with Manchester City coaches.
“We place a great emphasis on the importance of developing the whole child through extra-curricular activities and enrichment opportunities.”