ROAD TO OLD TRAFFORD 


Road to Old Trafford is a unique football tournament in India which was held for the first time in 2023. The tournament, held across 4 cities (Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Pune and Kolkata).

The 60 teams across the 4 cities first played a local city leg after which the city winners faced each other in the national finale at Bengaluru all for the chance of a lifetime – an opportunity to play at the hallowed turf of the iconic Old Trafford Stadium, home of Apollo Tyres’ partner Manchester United.

The football tournament saw exceptional talent battle it out on the ground, but in the end, one team took the spoils – Kalina Rangers from Mumbai.

But not only that, we recognised the exceptional talent, not only Kalina Rangers but 3 best players also won this dream to play at Old Trafford.

These winners then travelled to Manchester in June and made their lifelong dream come true.
 

GLOBAL FINALE


Continuing their journey from the Road to Old Trafford, Kalina Rangers and the best players from the tournmanet made their way to Manchester. But they were not alone, they were joined by by talented players from across the country who won this spot by participating in our Skill Challenge showcasing their football skills. But this was not it, our players were also joined by some Indian Legends – former National Team Captain Renedy Singh, former National Team Players Jeje Lalpekhlua and Robin Singh and former Tottenham Hostpur player Tanvie Hans. 

Joined by Manchester United Legends, Andy Cole, Dimitar Berbatov, and Wes Brown as well as our UK Team, Team Zeus; four teams battled it out for the winning prize at the Old Trafford. 

All players were impressive, but Kalina Rangers came out on top again, taking the grand prize home.

 


 

 

UNITED WE PLAY - SEASON 3 RECAP

Manchester United first team visit to India

 

Apollo Tyres hosted Manchester United footballers David De Gea, Anthony Elanga and Donny van de Beek to celebrate the launch of the third edition of Apollo’s “United We Play” grassroots football initiative. The three Manchester United first-team players were seen in Goa on 1 December at the event, marking the maiden visit to India for any footballer from the current Manchester United first-team squad. The visit kickstarted activities for the third season of the popular United We Play programme. Supported by Manchester United, United We Play is a pan-India initiative by Apollo Tyres to support young footballers in India by giving them a platform to showcase their skills with the objective of motivating aspiring footballers to continue playing, by engaging with them, and introducing them to global training methods.

 

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Goa greets David De Gea, Anthony Elanga, and Donny van de Beek

 

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The third edition of United We Play programme will have Virtual Masterclass with Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) coaches in 15+ cities from January to March 2023. This will be followed by the on-ground scouting of footballing talent in 12 Indian cities and 3 cities in the APMEA region, in the months of March/April 2023. Around 8,500 - 10,000 young footballers are expected to take part in this edition.

 

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ABOUT UNITED WE PLAY

 

The United We Play programme is an on-ground grassroots football initiative, supported by Manchester United to encourage young football talent from across India and select countries by giving them a platform to showcase their skills with the objective of motivating aspiring footballers to continue playing and introducing them to global training methodologies.

The first two seasons received an overwhelming response with over 10,000 kids participating in the hybrid programme comprising on-ground trials and virtual sessions with Manchester United Soccer Schools’ coaches.

The third edition of United We Play was launched with Manchester United stars David De Gea, Anthony Elanga, and Donny Van De Beek in Goa, India. The third season of the programme expanded its horizon to other countries as well, going to UAE, Thailand and Nepal. The programme started with virtual masterclasses with Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) coaches. followed by the on-ground scouting in Indian Cities and other Countries with the programme finale in Mumbai, India with Denis Irwin.

The third season saw 8000+ players participate in United We Play. Seven players won this lifetime opportunity to visit Old Trafford to participate in exciting activities like a match-day experience, training session with Manchester United Soccer School coaches, and a chance to interact with the Club Players & Legends.

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