Marcus Rashford MBE Questions & Answers

Marcus Rashford Q & A

1. Football clubs have been a force for good during the pandemic, supporting their communities in numerous ways. How proud are you of what yourself, other players and clubs have done to supportthose in need?

Massively proud, but then again, I've always known that football clubs are in the heart of the community. What I'veprobably been most proud of is that clubs and supporters have been able to put deep rivalry aside to stand together to protect our most vulnerable children. That was powerful. Football is the most common language we all speak and if we are all speaking the same language that's a powerful force for good.

2. You have been 100% committed to the #endfoodpoverty work and are now writing your own book. What other life skills are you keen to support children and young people with?

The key message here is that every child in the UK should be equipped with the tools they need to succeed at anythingthey put their mind too. No child should be starting 20 yards behind any other child. We must start breaking the cycle ofhardship. Food stability is the foundation of everything, but we can also support food education and confidence in the kitchen, financial literacy, and literacy. Reading is a really important escapism to encourage within vulnerableenvironments.

3. Financial literacy through Barclays LifeSkills is one of the workshops young people will have access to during the Holiday Activity. Why do you think it is important that football clubs support young people to develop these important skills?

Because without vital skills to navigate adult life, we are going to continue cycles of hardship. Money management is a key tool that should be taught from early stages, we should also be promoting education within food and nutrition, building confidence within kitchens, making it creative and fun.

4. How important do you think the connection between football clubs and their communities is?

It's huge. This October I was incredibly proud to call my profession football, seeing clubs pull together, opening kitchensto support our most vulnerable. Football clubs are a huge part of people's lives and we can't ever forget that. For some,football is all they have.

5. Across the UK, young people are helping others through this crisis - how important is it to recognise and celebrate the role that young people can play in making a positive difference to others?

It's been really special to see children, particularly, step up and want to play their role. You can see the joy and sense ofachievement in their faces. That's what it's about, nurturing a new generation to be more compassionate, to pick eachother up when they fall.