Wythenshawe footballer impresses at World Cup

Manchester Health Academy is celebrating former participant, Marcus Rashford playing for England in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Manchester United and England star, Marcus Rashford, attended the Manchester United Foundation Street Reds programme, held at the school’s community sports facility, from the age of 12 until he made his first-team debut for the Reds at the age of 18. The Wythenshawe-born striker is an inspiration to his former players and pupils.

The brainchild of head of PE, Stewart Brown, students enjoyed a week of celebration using the World Cup as a starting point for their lessons.  Mr Brown said: “The World Cup offered a fantastic opportunity for the whole school to get involved.  All students in Years 7-9 attended their timetabled lessons and participated in a cross-curricular week based around the World Cup, for example, writing match reports in English, using match data in maths, and looking at forces and trajectory of the ball in science.  While Rashford does his thing in Russia, we’ll be learning here in Manchester!”

Marcus Rashford was born in 1997 in Wythenshawe and was a pupil at Button Lane Primary School.  He played for Fletcher Moss Rangers as a child, a youth team with a reputation for producing top players.  From the age of 12, Marcus took part in Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds programme at Manchester Health Academy’s Community Sports facility.  The programme offers free football sessions and alternative activities to young people aged 8 to 18.  Marcus went on to break George Best’s record as the youngest player to score in Europe for Manchester United.


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