Press Release: Jesse Lingard goes back to school for Sport Relief

Manchester United start surprised students by swapping the pitch for the playground.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 – Pupils from a primary school in Manchester were left open-mouthed today as they were treated to a surprise visit from Manchester United star, Jesse Lingard.

The midfielder swapped the pitch for the playground as he joined a group of excited schoolchildren as they ran and jogged a for 15 minutes together outside in the fresh air. Putting Jesse through his paces, the visit marked the return of Sport Relief to schools across the UK, which this year is taking place across a whole week from 17th to 23rd March.

Lingard said, “It’s brilliant that Sport Relief is trying to get kids more active. Today was fun and everyone had loads of energy at the end.

It just shows that you don’t have to be on the pitch for 90 minutes to stay healthy and happy, 15 minutes of exercise a day can make a big difference, whatever your age.”

This year, Sport Relief is teaming up with The Daily Mile Foundation to encourage children to be more physically active every day and get fit for life. The Daily Mile encourages primary-aged children to run or walk for 15 minutes every day which has been credited with improving the physical, social, emotional and mental wellbeing of children across the UK and beyond.

For more information on how your school can get active and fundraise for this year’s Sport Relief, go to



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