Kumho tyres have teamed up with Manchester United legends Sir Bobby Charlton to teach kids about road safety.
Two other ex-players Andy Cole and Denis Irwin also threw in their lot in with the Korean tyres manufacturer to kick off the Play Safer campaign in the shadow of the Old Trafford stadium.
Play Safer is the only programme of its kind in the world. It uses the skills of professional footballers – such as vision, awareness, anticipation and control – to teach kids about road safety.
Children can collect 10 road safety skill cards featuring tips such as ‘Control it like Berbatov’ and ‘Play it safe like Van der Sar’.
John Thrupp, from Kumho Tyres which sponsors the Premiership team and developed the scheme with the Manchester United Foundation and Greater Manchester Police, said: “We are committed to helping children stay safe on the roads through initiatives such as Play Safer.
“Our affiliation with the club and our partnership with Greater Manchester Police for this event provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of road safety in a fun and engaging way.”
Sir Bobby, who attended the launch with the other ex-players, said: “As a club, we’ve always considered it our responsibility to make a positive contribution to the community. That’s why we’re proud to be getting behind the ‘Play Safer’ programme with Kumho Tyres.’
Ji-Sung Park, who features in roadside posters promoting the scheme along with Antonio Valencia and Patrice Evra, commented: “This is a fantastic way to teach children road safety whilst having fun playing football.”
For further information go to www.playsafer.co.uk
Denna Bowman, Head Office