Giggs and Rashford united in using Sport for Good
Laureus Academy member Ryan Giggs visiting Street League UK
He said: “As the most geographically popularised sport across the world, football has the most incredible potential and ability to unite. I know many clubs are doing a lot of work for the NHS, health workers and also individuals. We’ve been brought up at Manchester United where representing the club means something much more than just what we do on the pitch.“I learnt from Sir Bobby Charlton, who was an incredible role model and when I started one of my heroes was my first captain, Bryan Robson, who was in the midst of raising a million pounds for a scanner for a local children's hospital.“I did quite a lot of work for Robbo, so from an early age, I realised the responsibility that footballers and sports stars have to not only play but to help others.”
"If this would have happened 10 or 15 years ago, it definitely would have affected myself as a kid in the position I was in," Rashford told Man Utd's official website."It's just something I thought, if there's a way to try and help people and kids especially, let's just try and do it."
He said: “The drive of myself and the Child Food Poverty taskforce to see these three government policies implemented without delay is stronger than ever.“I have no interest in party politics. Letting millions of children in the UK go hungry at night is only an issue of humanity. We need to do better.“I feel like at times people think they are being looked down on if they ask for help, and I think in this generation... that is something that should change. You should feel free if you want to ask for help for anything. Hold your head up high and if you need help go and get help."
Giggs, the current Wales national manager, knows Rashford well and praised the young striker’s initiatives. He added: “I’m not surprised to have seen the great work that Marcus Rashford has done to help under-privileged children who have been adversely affected during the lockdown.“He’s a great lad and has always had a strong connection to his community and his family, so it’s no wonder that he would want to use his profile to make a difference.“What he’s done with food vouchers and the food campaigns is fantastic and I’m very proud of what he has achieved – but I suspect there is even more to come.”