The Class United

The Class United

United’s Equality and Inclusion Manager, Rishi Jain, visits Stockport College to talk about Equality and Diversity.

Nathaniel Yates, Level 3 Health and Social Care student was recently featured in the Rollin' Reds Magazine, a publication put together by Manchester United Disabled Supporters' Association (MUDSA), reflecting on his experience of the session hosted by Rishi Jain. Nathaniel has grown up within MUDSA and has been attending events since he was a young child. Now 24, Nathaniel has taken on the role of MUDSA Ambassador to Junior members.

Nathaniel writes: My name is Nathaniel and some of the MUDSA members may know me as the junior ambassador of MUDSA. But what they may not know about me is that I also attend Stockport College and I study Health and Social Care Level 3 programme of learning — and one of the units that we study is a Equality and Diversity.

The college were looking for guests speakers on the subject so I thought: ‘I know just the man for the job — Rishi Jain’ the Equality and Inclusion manager at Manchester United. I asked my tutor, Claire Cowburn, if she would like me to contact Rishi to see whether he would be interested in coming in to give a talk on the subject. My tutor said yes, and so Rishi came in to Stockport College. 

He talked about LGBT which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and also how the Club has radio commentary for visually impaired supporters. United have a partnership with the Stonewall charity and he also talked about the “Kick It Out” charity, the service that you can call if you feel threatened at a football game.

Rishi then went on to talk about access for disabled supporters at Manchester United, saying the club are currently expanding disabled facilities to the Stretford End where disabled supporters would soon be able to sit. Finally, I gave a short speech about MUDSA and what it means to me, telling my class I have lifelong friends there and that MUDSA had been one of the best experiences of my life. The class were terrific and I think it’s the best class I’ve ever been part of and they are all superstars. It was a terrific day and Rishi’s points were well received and his talk went down really well with everyone, with a lot of them asking a lot of interesting questions.

We are truly united in our equality and diversity at Manchester United.

MUDSA is the oldest Disabled Football Association in the world, established in 1989