Manchester United Foundation

The Partnership between Manchester United Foundation and Kingfisher Special School enables a full time Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Officer from the  Manchester United Foundation to be based onsite at Kingfisher School, offering a wide range of unique internal and external opportunities for the pupils to access and benefit from.

The Foundation aim to help open up new opportunities for Kingfisher pupils by building stronger links within the local community to provide more opportunities for pupils, offering extra-curricular activities and days such as inclusive family days over the summer, hosted at Kingfisher.

Current programmes and initiatives being run include  1K a Day – a whole school approach where classes, pupils and staff aim to start each morning by accessing the 1K a Day playground track, adding a structured daily routine to each morning while benefiting from the increased levels of physical activity. Kingfisher to 5K – a parental engagement programme exclusive to Kingfisher pupils’ parents, carers and or family friends, aimed to contribute to the mental health and wellbeing of parents/carers through increased levels of physical activity by attending weekly pre-planned and tracked walking routes, progressively increasing the distance covered to achieve our target of 5km.

Included as  part of the class timetable is a whole class P.E. session where classes take part in a structured progressive physical development programme aimed to improve their gross motor and fundamental skills while focusing on new objectives each week. In some classes this is planned, implemented and led by the MUF Officer, alongside other physical development sessions on the adapted/accessible bikes.

Targeted 1:1 interventions to help meet the needs of any identified individuals include a range of physical movements to help regulate the pupils individual needs through various proprioceptive and vestibular movements as part of their structured daily routine. Externally, unique opportunities through Manchester United are offered such as training ground visits, Old Trafford visits, player appearances, Match Day tickets and many other special events.