Manchester United

Manchester United academy staff have undertaken a daily charity challenge throughout November aimed at raising money and awareness for Prostate United.

Staff members from across the club’s famed academy set-up have embarked on a mission that will see them either run 3k, 5k or 10k or cycle 10k, 15k or 25k for 30 consecutive days.

It is all part of the Prostate United initiative, a challenge run by Prostate Cancer UK for those working in football to raise awareness about the disease.

FA Youth Cup-winning manager Travis Binnion, professional development phase coach Paul McShane and player/coach Tom Huddlestone are amongst those undertaking the task.

Prostate United is a month-long fundraising effort that has seen hundreds of football club staff run or cycle throughout November every year since 2018, with the goal of raising funds in the fight against a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes.

Since its inception four years ago, Prostate United has branched out into the sporting landscape, with participants running or cycling at clubs across the English football pyramid, Scotland and the USA – as well as rugby league and ice hockey club staff – raising more than £280,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.

United’s own efforts have been organised by Matt Walker, head of professional development phase athletic development, who has done the challenge for the past couple of years, running 10k a day.

To find out more information about Prostate Cancer UK’s work in football click here, while anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses in confidence on 0800 074 8383 or online via the Live Chat instant messaging service: www.prostatecanceruk.org. The Specialist Nurse phone service is free to landlines and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 8pm on Wednesdays.

And to help men find out whether they are at increased risk of developing the disease, Prostate Cancer UK has launched an online risk checker, available here, where men can check their own risk in 30 seconds.

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