For his latest initiative, he’s created a new football pitch for his old primary school so the next generation can follow in his footsteps.
Marcus Rashford is going back to where it first started. The Manchester United baller has made his impact and influence felt on a national scale over the past two years – with his food poverty and literacy campaigns unprecedentedly changing lives for millions of young people – but with his latest initiative, Rashford is giving something back to the school that made him.
Button Lane Primary School’s love for Rashford is evident everywhere you look. Hand-drawn portraits adorn the entrance gates, displays hang proudly in the corridors, and a new mural inspiring students to dream – with Marcus at its centre – brings colour and vibrancy to the playground on an otherwise grey autumn day.
And Button Lane’s love for Rashford goes both ways. Celebrating his 24th birthday and the start of a new multi-year partnership with Nike, MR10 is back on his old turf to unveil a brand new football pitch for the school – giving students a better chance than ever before to follow in his footsteps.
It feels like a full circle moment for an individual that’s inspired by community spirit. On the day that Wythenshawe’s favourite son came home, we spoke exclusively to ‘the people’s PM’ about his new partnership with Nike, why access to football is so important for young people, and how his vision for a better world was first sparked as a 10-year-old boy.