Budding Salford footballers meet Class of 92
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Ordsall Juniors FC at the Class of 92 game
Budding young footballers rubbed shoulders with their sporting heroes at the epic ‘Class of 92’ game in Salford.
The Under 11s team at Ordsall Juniors FC were chosen to be ball boys at the game at the AJ Bell Stadium earlier this month when the legendary Manchester United players, including Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, took on Salford City FC in a charity match.
The young ball boys were looking their best as they proudly wore their brand new kits to carry out their match duties, which were funded thanks to a grant from social housing provider Salix Homes.
Earlier this year Ordsall Juniors were awarded £1,300 through Salix Homes’ ‘Your Salix, Your Say’ fund which is given to worthwhile community projects that are making a difference to people’s lives, as decided by other tenants.
The Class of 92 and Friends team, which also included Robbie Savage and cricketer Michael Vaughan, took a 5 - 1 battering against their younger counterparts, but the players at Ordsall Juniors were just thrilled to meet their footballing heroes.
Coach Paul Houghton said: “The lads had a brilliant time, they loved it. They got to meet several of the players including Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers. Ordsall Juniors weren’t even born in 92’, but they are real students of football and these players are their heroes so it was fantastic that they got the chance to meet them.
“Thanks to Salix Homes, the lads were looking their best on the day in their new kits. The funding from ‘Your Salix Your Say’ has made such a difference and enabled us to buy new equipment and kit and we are now hoping to get some more coaches and start an Under 8s team.”
Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, added: “We are very proud to be able to support Ordsall Juniors through our successful ‘Your Salix, Your Say' grant scheme, where recipients are chosen by the public themselves.
“We know how excited these young footballers were to meet their sporting heroes so we were delighted that the grant money has been put to good use and they were able to wear their brand new kits on this momentous occasion.”