‘It’s amazing’ - Fred scoops end-of-season award alongside fellow Man Utd player

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Aoife Mannion also collected the award alongside Manchester United midfielder Fred.

Fred and Aoife Mannion have won the Manchester United Foundations’ Community Champion award for the 2022/23 season.

The award recognises player contributions in their local community of the last 12 months and the Foundation say the prize acknowledges the ‘outstanding contribution and positivity they have brought to the region, engaging and inspiring young people when visiting local schools and projects’.

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Fred, who has made 54 appearances for United so far this season, has been involved in a number of charitable events with the Foundation throughout the campaign and visited three schools in the Greater Manchester area: Kingfisher Special School, Co-op Academy Swinton and Loreto High School. At the latter, Fred and team-mate Alejandro Garnacho visited classes, answered questions from students and joined in a PE session, before Fred was presented the Community Champion award by the pupils.

“It’s amazing for me to receive this award,” said the Brazilian midfielder. “As a Manchester United player, it’s very important to me to give back to the community that surrounds this club. I’ve really enjoyed working with the Foundation this season and speaking to the children, whether that is at schools or at the training ground.

“Over the season, I’ve seen the impact of the Foundation in the local area, and it’s always a pleasure for me to be involved and share my experiences and advice to the kids. I always want to help and look forward to continuing this next season.”

Mannion has also been involved in similar activities this season and visited an inclusive Street Reds session at Manchester Academy, while she also invited young female footballers from Waterhead Academy to attend United’s training base at Carrington to meet the women’s team, while kits and boots were distributed to those who attended.

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“I’m delighted to have won the PFA Community Champion award this season,” said the defender. “I think it’s so nice to be able to do things for the community - I don’t think that we can do enough, so anything that we can do to get involved with young people, especially in girls’ football, it’s a really, really good thing.”

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