Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fever Pitch! FC United at Heart of Community

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fever Pitch! FC United at Heart of Community

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I WOULD like to respond to the recent letters on Viewpoints in regards to FC United.

e city council approved a capital grant to FC United of Pounds 750,000 in 2011 to support the construction of their stadium. is was subject to a full public consultation and was agreed by the council's executive.

All the reports are in the public domain and can be found on the city council's website. In 2012, the council's executive also agreed to make a Pounds 500k loan available for the construction should the project need it.

e loan has been taken up by the club and will be fully repaid on a commercial basis to the city council.

tomorrow 24hrs to 6pm Abroad At Home FC United have also received grants for a range of projects that supports positive programmes, activities and projects to help improve communities.

For example, the club have worked closely with the city council, the Department of Work and W Pensions, Manchester College, Northwards Housing and the Manchester Adult Education Service on an education and employability programme for unemployed adults in north Manchester.

We expect to engage W with around 150 residents in training, with the possibility of paid work placements once they have completed a course.

In addition, FC United has taken on three apprentices.

ree pitches at the development will also be available for community use, as well as being the home for Moston Junior FC. e stadium will also be made available for prestigious games.

tomorrow 24hrs to 6pm Much of the funding given to the club has been through a competitive grant or contract process and therefore has gone through the proper scrutiny procedure. Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester council's executive member for culture and leisure We must .

save NHS I AM writing to describe some of my feelings about the NHS and how it saddens me to witness the state that it is currently in - and the pressures that sta' face on a daily basis.

Ever since the age of 8, I have wanted to work in the NHS. I have been employed in the NHS for 11 years now in various positions, but I am now training to be a clinical psychologist.

TOURIST RATES I have witnessed several members of my family be treated in hospital. I've got two children and have therefore used NHS services numerous times.

When I think about W these times I dread to think how much it would have cost me and my family to receive this treatment if there was no NHS.

I am fortunate enough to still have my 95-yearold grandmother who can recount a time when there was no NHS. She also feels passionately that we should not be forced to pay for such a service.

As soon as I begin to think that I do have 'too much on', I think about how I would feel if myself or a member of my family was left with a huge medical bill, or if my grandmother had to pay a fee every time she needed a doctor, blood test, district nurse etc. …

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