A shining example from football

11 August 2010 | By Cause4 staff

Manchester United FC are giving fans the opportunity to watch the likes of Wayne Rooney take part in an open training session at Old Trafford to raise funds for the Manchester United Foundation’s work in the local community. Tickets sold to the public will not only allow fans to walk onto the hallowed turf of Old Trafford and watch their heroes show off their skills but they will also give access to a host of other activities and entertainment. Live music from X-Factor star Olly Murs and an exhibition by some of our nation’s most talented young footballers in an International U15 Tournament feature among a number of enticing treats.

The example of Manchester United is commendable. Football clubs have a great deal to give in supporting their local communities and leading in charitable initiatives. But it also invites us to consider the part that our top sports men and women might play within the philanthropic agenda. Within the realm of professional football, where those at the top of the tree are paid salaries that might make even Baron Sugar of Clapton gasp, a small number of players are achieving wonderful things through charitable giving. Cause4 has in previous posts highlighted the work of Didier Drogba, for instance, and his commitment to vital causes in The Ivory Coast. But what of the others? Who is advising them? Who is highlighting all of the possibilities by which they could ultimately achieve something much more important beyond ephemeral success on a football pitch?

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