Manchester United Foundation

In the summer of 2020 the partnership between Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, and the[RL1]  Manchester United Foundation began, where BSCA employed a Schools Partnership Officer, Holly Espie, from the MU Foundation to work full time with students within the Secondary.

Despite COVID-19 presenting its many challenges, and stopping a lot of the key things that the MU Foundation would normally have been able to offer, the Schools Partnership Officer has already created a positive and proactive relationship with students providing a variety of different interventions for them:

  • Believe FC – a 6 week intervention looking at building confidence, improving behaviour, and setting long term targets and goals for the learners.
  • Boys 2 Men – a 6 week intervention working with the male learners at BSCA to look at their behaviour, how they are perceived by their friends, families and people around, and to set long term targets and goals.
  • Forward Thinkers – a 6 week intervention working with groups of female learners about confidence, behaviour, how they are perceived by others and creating long term targets and goals.
  • Mindfulness interventions
  • Year group ambassadors – who will create social action projects to help benefit the school and the local community.
  • 1 to 1 mentoring for students needing some additional support in and continues throughout lockdown via the school online learning system.
  • Virtual trips/enrichment days with other partnership schools, including a virtual Christmas party with games and prizes.
  • Afterschool activities - boys and girls football/futsal sessions
  • Interschool and wider competitions with the other school partners at the MU Foundation.

The Manchester United Foundation has also offered BSCA and its students’ lots rewards:

  • Rewards for students recognising their efforts and prizes won through competitions.
  • £10,000 donation that has been spent on student resources and wellbeing packs for every student to help with their learning, engagement and wellbeing. Laptops for some students without any devices so they can still learn from home…….
  • 100 activity packs with useful resources for students to use at home.
  • Food hampers which were delivered to BSCA families in need of extra help at Christmas and during February and March to help feed their families with nutritious and filling food during these challenging times.

Mrs Fairclough, our Year 8 Leader, has seen “Holly build up some wonderful relationships with our students and proactively supports them around the school. The hampers and packs have been amazing and have allowed our families to keep going throughout this very difficult time. Students have also really appreciated the rewards and this has supported our school values to strive for excellence.”


MU Foundation has also involved the whole BSCA community, and this month has challenged students, parents and staff, and their families to get moving more and enter the Travel to Tokyo competition in partnership with TeamGB and ParalympicsGB.  BSCA have been entered against all of the other partner schools to see who can complete the most activity to reach Tokyo first by logging their activity each day. Everyone is getting involved, moving more and having fun whilst they do it!

Holly told us “it has been a challenging and enjoyable start to the partnership that has had a good impact on the school and the learners despite these challenging time.”

She continues “there are many more opportunities to come through the MU Foundation with the MU Foundation Disability Co-ordinator booked in for a full day for 6 weeks to work with learners, school holiday camps that will be run by MU Foundation and BSCA staff for current BSCA learners and the ones due to start in September. Along with lots more prizes, and hopefully trips to Old Trafford.”

Rachael Lucas, Head teacher is delighted with working with the Foundation so far, “we really value the contribution that Holly has made so far to our students and the Foundation have been brilliantly supportive of what we are trying to achieve her at BSCA. We certainly are #strongertogether. We look forward to mainly more fruitful years working together and seeing the partnership grow and develop.”


Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) Foundation:

Bolton St Catherine’s Academy and the MUFC Foundation have a partnership in which MUFC Foundation will be supporting the students in academic circumstances, but also as individuals out of school, providing them opportunities which are both classroom and non-classroom based.


MUFC Foundation will be running different types of interventions for the students at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, which can help them in the classroom, to develop their learning and understanding of key subjects, as well as help and develop them as individuals away from the classroom - such as confidence building, employability, target setting and many more.


Cohorts of students will work closely with the MUFC Foundation School Sports Partnership Officer to develop them individually to help with different circumstances they may come across, now and in later life.

Extra – curricular activities:

MUFC foundation will be offering after school activities for learners to take part in, which will lead to inter-school tournaments, and tournaments with/against other MUFC Foundation partnership schools.


The School partnership officer will work closely with the Head of Year 7 to support the transition of Year 6 students into Year 7. This will be through creating opportunities for the Year 6 learners arriving at Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, by offering and supporting transition events at BSCA and local primary schools.


Our school is partnering with the Manchester United Foundation. The Manchester United Foundation is a charitable organisation that works with us to deliver motivational and inspiring projects to our pupils, with the goal of helping them reach their full potential. You can find out more about the Manchester United Foundation and its work at To ensure that the safety and welfare of our pupils is properly safeguarded and that the projects are delivered in an efficient manner, we provide Manchester United Foundation with basic information about each pupil taking part. This includes the pupil’s name, date of birth, gender and basic details of any disabilities or medical conditions which may affect their ability to take part in the projects or necessitate special adjustments being made. We may also provide emergency contact details if required. Any information we supply to the Manchester United Foundation is securely held and used only for the purposes of delivering the projects and evaluating their success. All information is processed and safeguarded strictly in accordance with applicable data protection laws. If you require any further information about Manchester United Foundation or require a copy of their privacy policy, please contact