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Bobby Charlton’s soccer school enters liquidation

Sir Bobby Charlton, courtesy Dept for International Development

Documents filed with The Gazette, the official paper of record of the UK government, and Companies House have revealed that the Bobby Charlton Soccer and Sports Academy Limited has appointed liquidators over the new year, following an extraordinary resolution to wind up the business.

The winding up order was signed by director Helena Geraldine Shiels, and the company’s registered address with companies house was accordingly changed to that of the liquidators – Hertfordshire’s Leigh Adams – as of December 29.

The filings with Companies House further reveal that the company folded with almost £40,000 of debt owed, just over £30,000 to Lloyds Bank, and the remainder to Shiels herself.

The Academy, better known colloquially as simply “Bobby Charlton Socecr Schools,” was based in Manchester, although registered in London, and held soccer schools for children aged eight to 18 around the UKMan United and England Legend’s soccer schools owed £40k at time of liquidation.. It was named after the Manchester United and England legend Charlton, who is credited with founding the schools in 1978, although he is no longer involved with their operation.

The academy claims on its social media to be “original that discovered David Beckham & many other footballers.”

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