Manchester United legend Denis Irwin backs volunteer programme

Volunteer Ninety Nine group

Volunteer Ninety Nine group

First published in News

MANCHESTER United legend Denis Irwin attended the launch of Volunteer Ninety Nine, a unique programme which offers people the chance to achieve their very own treble.

Aimed at 16 to 25 year-olds who are interested in pursuing a sports career, Volunteer Ninety Nine is designed to provide training, nationally recognised qualifications and work experience.

The former full-back, who won the treble with Manchester United in 1999, had good advice for the young volunteers: “1999 was the best year the club has ever had in terms of winning trophies, so I think it’s fantastic that this is being linked in this way.

“You’ve got to put in a lot of hard work and perseverance; hard work is a given, in anything you do, but try and enjoy it as well.”

Manchester United Foundation coaches will mentor the participants through the three levels, which represent the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League trophies as they build up to their own Treble win at 99 hours.

Peter Westwood, 18, who attends the Street Reds session in his home town of Stretford, said: “I’m hoping to get more experience in coaching and get further qualifications.

“I was only four in 1999 but it’s amazing that I’m now working towards my own treble and seeing how far I’ve come from school, when I didn’t know what I was doing with my life”

So far 25 volunteers have signed up to Volunteer Ninety Nine.

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