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Man Utd star Wayne Rooney named charity ambassador

The NSPCC said it was “delighted” to be collaborating with the football star

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Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has been named ambassador for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), according to British media.

“Every time I put on the captain’s armband I’m filled with pride, I feel the same becoming the NSPCC’s first Ambassador for Childhood and having the chance to help lead the fight for childhood,” Rooney said.

“It upsets me to think that there are so many children damaged by abuse, or parents struggling to do their best but not able to give the kids the support they need,” he said.

The charity, which fights abuse of children, aims to encourage boys to speak out if they are suffering abuse or struggling to cope with depression or bullying.

The NSPCC said it was “delighted” to be collaborating with the football star.

NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: “When I think of Wayne Rooney I think of the Manchester United and England captain, but he’s also a devoted father, and a hero to many children and families, and that’s something he takes very seriously.

“Wayne’s spent time with our staff, volunteers and met some of the children and young people we help. He shares our belief that childhood shapes who we become – but abuse never should.

“As our Ambassador for Childhood Wayne Rooney will help us reach more children and families than ever before.”