John Shiels MBE

Manchester United Foundation is delighted to acknowledge that its CEO, John Shiels, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

In a career spanning over 40 years, John has dedicated himself to the education and empowerment of children and young people. After starting his professional life as a teacher and part-time football coach, he took over the management of Sir Bobby Charlton Soccer schools in the 1980s.

During this period, he not only developed his philosophy of football as a tool to engage with and help young people develop life skills, but he also forged a close personal friendship with Sir Bobby and Lady Norma Charlton that remains strong to this day.

After a tenure as Head of Manchester United Soccer Schools, John took on the role as CEO of Manchester United Foundation in 2008. During this time John has implemented a strategy of using football and the Manchester United brand to educate and inspire young people across Greater Manchester.



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We use football to engage and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves and unite the communities in which they live. Dedicated staff deliver educational and community outreach programmes to help young people make positive choices in their lives. We offer a range of educational projects for young people in the local area. From educating youngsters about the inner workings of a football club to improving confidence, life skills and employability, our programmes are innovative and inspiring – everything you would expect from Manchester United.



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