Following last year's success, the MFC Foundation's Week of Action returned this year, aiming to raise awareness of the club's official independent charity and the work done across Teesside. 

The first team squad were out and about across the area visiting and taking part in programmes delivered by the Foundation. 

Ashley Fletcher, Jonny Howson and Ryan Shotton joined in with over 30 adults from local day care centres for an afternoon of football with MFC Foundation coaches at the Herlingshaw Centre in South Bank.

The trio helped deliver a coaching session for the groups who attend weekly sessions with the Foundation thanks to funding from BT and the Premier League.

In the Players’ Lounge at the Riverside Stadium, Britt Assombalonga and Darren Randolph got creative with pupils from Thornaby Academy who were taking part in the Raise Your Game programme.

In partnership with British Land and Teesside Park, the Boro duo helped the children design food stalls, with the programme helping young people to find out more about pathways from school to work, and to help improve their confidence, problem-solving skills and interviewing techniques.

In Stockton, Dani Ayala and George Friend surprised a class of pupils with learning difficulties from Abbey Hill School during their #iWill session with the Foundation.

The two defenders were helping the group with their social action project of creating Easter hampers for local charities as they painted and designed handmade crafts, packaged sweet treats and even created and signed some homemade cards.

Stewart Downing was over at John Emmerson Batty Primary School in Redcar to join a Premier League Primary Stars session, but with a twist.

Downing joined Reception pupils for a number of different sporting activities, as well as learning some sign language to help connect with one girl in the class, who struggles with her communication skills.

Mo Besic, John Obi Mikel, George Saville, and Lewis Wing, together with first team coach Curtis Fleming, welcomed 13 members of the Foundation’s Club Together programme for refugees and asylum seekers to Rockliffe Park.

The players and Curtis gave the group a behind-the-scenes tour of the training facilities, before delivering a series of football drills for them in the sports hall.

The visit finished with a Q&A session, with the players and Club Together participants swapping stories and sharing laughs. 

Take a look at our gallery of the MFC Foundation's Week of Action above.