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AUITC Success stories -Where our Volunteers have Progressed To :


The Charity are pleased to announce that one of our long standing volunteers, Patrick Finnigan has been successful in gaining employment with the Welcome team at Old Trafford.


Patrick has been a volunteer at Ashton United for a number of years, and despite his learning difficulties has become an integral part of the Ashton United family.


Patrick commented “Ashton United have given me a chance to be involved, progress and to achieve to succeed in my life, and I cant thank them enough”


Patricks parents Carol and Andy said “The football club has given Patrick an unbelievable amount of confidence in his journey thus far.

The friendships and relationships from Ashton United will undoubtedly last a lifetime, his development will continue and his incredible new opportunity at Manchester United, and we cannot be more happy and proud.


From 750 grams to 9stone wet through, top man Patrick. #inclusionmatters #voluteersmatter #AUITC

Patrick Finnigan

Abbey Smith

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The charity is delighted that Abbey has progressed from her position with Oldham Athletic FC onto Fleetwood Town FC as a Football Administrator. She will be sorely missed down at Hurst Cross but everyone is thrilled to see Abbey take the next step on her career path after volunteering with us for the past year or so. Good luck Abbey we will be watching your career development with interest.

Laura Middleton


Laura joined us from a local housing association where she worked as a Community Development Officer. She did a brilliant job for A.U.I.T.C. pulling together paperwork and operating systems, and did such a good job that she was soon offered permanent employment by the English Basketball Association as a Safeguarding Lead Officer.

Juel Miah


Juel made many friends at Ashton United F.C. during his time as voluntary photographer, and everyone is delighted for him as he makes the move to Football League Second Division Oldham Athletic F.C. as their official photographer.

Richard Cooper

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What a career Richard is carving out for himself, following on from his voluntary role as Assistant Secretary at Ashton United F.C. Richard moved on to become Secretary of Oldham Athletic F.C. and then Secretary of Fleetwood Town F.C. well done Richard.

Michael Brown

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Michael started at A.U.F.C. as a student volunteer, mainly involved with improving social media and covering match days. On the back of his success at A.U.F.C. he was offered a full time role as Manchester FA Media Manager and has recently worked with England under 20s team at tournaments in France. In June 2018 Michael was appointed head of Media at Southport F.C. but has since moved Oldham F.C.