UNITED legend Michael Carrick is tackling a lack of funding in grassroots football by donating boots to Trafford's youngsters.

Hundreds of old football boots are being cleaned, bagged and redistributed to community football  clubs and youth teams. 

The unwanted boots have been donated to The Michael Carrick Foundation, after the former United skipper kicked-off his Boots Room Campaign in July.

The Michael Carrick Foundation teamed up with Trafford Leisure this summer to run his Boots Room Campaign.

Carrick said: “Thank you to every single person who donated their boots to our boot room campaign.

“I’m overwhelmed that through the generosity of the people of Trafford we have so many boots to distribute.

“What’s been so good is seeing so many kids happily handing over their old boots knowing they are going to help others.

“It’s fantastic that Trafford Leisure supported the work of the Michael Carrick Foundation and the Carrick’s Boot Room Campaign.

“I’m confident that the boots you donated will make a real and meaningful difference to the kids in our local area.”

Running from July to the end of September, the foundation collected hundreds of old and unwanted football boots.

The boots are being redistributed to children at local community football sessions and grassroots clubs.

Jo Cherrett, COO at Trafford Leisure said: “Both Trafford Leisure and the Michael Carrick Foundation are committed to increasing the long term participation of disadvantaged groups in sport.

“Sport must be accessible to all and donating unused boots is a very effective way of getting the appropriate footwear to our local children.”