School helps pupil become ball boy for dream team
9:40am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in NW
A FOOTBALL fanatic teenager will be rubbing shoulders with his Manchester United heroes at Saturday’s match.
Owen Murray, aged 14 and from Leigh, has been signed as a ball boy for Old Trafford thanks to his school’s initiative.
Bedford High School has teamed up with Manchester United Foundation which aims to create strong links with schools and the communities it serves, inspiring young people to create better futures for themselves.
The partnership offers a range of educational opportunities for students aimed at improving their confidence, life-skills and ultimately their career prospects while allowing access to opportunities with the football club.
Owen said: “I came into school and was asked if I wanted to be a ball boy at Manchester United. I've been a fan all my life and I couldn't believe it at first. I've been to watch United a few times in the past but now I see the match from the side of the pitch and I get to see the players in action up close.”
He visited the stadium in order to discover what the role entailed and has since helped out Rio Ferdinand's testimonial match, United's Champion's League clash with Bayern Leverkusen and league fixtures against the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea.
Owen continued: “All the players are really friendly and I am allowed to cheer for United but you can't really jump up and down when they score.
“It's a dream come true for me and it's all thanks to my school and it's not something I will ever forget.”
Bedford High School head teacher Helen Phillips said: “Our partnership with the foundation has meant that we have forged strong links with the club and our pupils have learnt a lot of new skills that will help them to prepare for life after school.”
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