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Rio Ferdinand sees how the Premier League/BT Disability programme and the Man Utd Foundation have helped one participant build up his confidence.

Inspiring individuals, Manchester United

The Premier League and BT Disability programme provides opportunities for disabled people to embrace sport and physical activity, showing youngsters like Macauley Appleton that anything is possible.

As part of the initiative, six-time Premier League champion Rio Ferdinand went back to his old training ground to see the amazing work undertaken by Macauley, a volunteer with Manchester United Foundation.

Macauley has autism and experienced social anxiety, but the Foundation - supported by the Premier League and BT Disability programme - helped him improve his confidence so much he has become a member of United's delivery team, assisting children from all over Greater Manchester in sessions run as part of the Foundation's Inclusive Reds disability sport initiative.

"I love Manchester United and to have the opportunities that I have had through the club have really helped to strengthen me as a person and build up my confidence as an individual," Macauley said.

Rio added: "We have seen, through the power of sport and with the help of funding from BT and the Premier League, how the Manchester United Foundation has been able to transform the lives of not just one young man but also the lives of so many more individuals in the community."

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12,296 participants engaged in PL/BT Disability programme sessions this season

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