DK has teamed up with the Manchester United Foundation to distribute books encouraging local children to look after their mental health.
Supported by club captains Harry Maguire and Katie Zelem, the foundation is donating 5,000 copies of United Minds: Be Positive. Be Curious. Be United to youngsters in deprived areas of Greater Manchester.
Aimed at children aged eight to 12, the 48-page book features Manchester United-themed activities, advice and self-care tips to inspire and engage children in looking after their overall wellbeing.
Georgina Dee, publisher at DK, said: "We know that giving children access to books about things they love, such as football, is crucial to self-belief, wellbeing and having fun. DK is thrilled to be able to contribute to the incredible work of the Manchester United Foundation."
To accompany the book is a small football that features wellbeing phrases. Foundation coaches have put together activities that children can complete either at home or in school that support discussions around mental health and what it means to look after their mental wellbeing. The initiative kicked off during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 10th to 16th May.
Maguire said: "The pandemic has been especially hard for children up and down the country. They have been without regular exercise, social contact and routine, which is bound to have an impact on their mental health. I'm really pleased the foundation is tackling those issues and supporting young people across Greater Manchester and beyond. The ‘book and ball’ is a great way to have fun, exercise and look after their overall wellbeing.”