How young Man Utd fan Ayman is being supported by United Foundation


“I was at quite a down place in my life when I first started losing my vision. It made me quite angry because I was thinking: ‘Why does this have to happen to me?’”

Ayman said.

“I’ve grown up watching United with my family and football has impacted me quite a lot. I thought I wouldn’t be able to carry on with my hobbies, such as football, but you have to live with it and adapt.”

Ayman attended Whalley Range 11-16 High School, a partner school of Manchester United Foundation, at which a coach is based full time to work with the pupils to deliver mentoring and extra-curricular activities, including football.

“The football sessions were quite inclusive so I could take part as well,”

Ayman said.

“I also train on a Saturday with other visually impaired people, and I take part in tournaments at Salford Sports Village. It shows that people who are visually impaired can still carry on with what they were doing before and they are still able to take part in sports.”

A huge United fan, Ayman was identified by Jason Williamson, her Foundation coach, to be invited to a ‘Dream Day’ at the Aon Training Complex, to give her a boost during the difficult time she was experiencing.


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