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Manchester United has signed a three-year extension to its partnership with Unicef, continuing the longest running tie-up between a sporting organisation and a global charity.

Manchester United has signed a three-year extension to its partnership with Unicef, continuing the longest running tie-up between a sporting organisation and a global charity.

Under the terms of the deal, the English Premier League champion has committed a further £1 million to the global children’s organisation’s worldwide child protection services. The United for Unicef 13-year partnership has helped raise £3 million for the charity so far.

Of the new £1 million commitment from United, £500,000 will fund Unicef’s work to protect children in Vietnam. The partnership will also help train 160 social welfare managers to identify children at risk, as well as training 400 community-based social workers on child protection. In addition, the arrangement will also support the Vietnamese government in developing a national child protection system. The partnership will use football as a means to engage with marginalised children and help get them the support they need.

David Bull, executive director of Unicef UK, said: “We are immensely proud of our long-standing partnership with Manchester United and the continued commitment from the club and its fans to improving the lives of vulnerable children across the world. Unicef relies entirely on voluntary donations and partnerships like United for Unicef, and we are delighted that Manchester United has renewed this partnership for a further three years, helping us make a lasting difference to the lives of many more children.”

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