Watch: Premier League star makes surprise appearance in the Coca-Cola Christmas truck

Manchester United star and Coca-Cola ambassador Jesse Lingard made a surprise appearance in the brand's iconic Christmas truck to deliver football gifts to young adults.

Manchester United star Jesse Lingard (in the red jacket)
Manchester United star Jesse Lingard (in the red jacket)

He arrived at the Street Games training session in Manchester where the non-profit uses sport to create positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people.

Wearing a Christmas-inspired jumper, Lingard joined the players for a kick-about to celebrate the ongoing work of StreetGames.

"I can’t believe I got to drive in it through my hometown to surprise the players," said Lingard.

"Football has given me everything, I was always out playing with friends every opportunity I got, so I’m really happy to support the brilliant work StreetGames is doing."

M&C Saatchi Sport and Entertainment helped with creation of the campaign. Co-managing Richard Barker praised the 10-year partnership between Coca-Cola and StreetGames for giving young people to access sport that might not ordinarily be able to.

"Jesse really likes working with young people, so wanted to inspire them and bring them closer to their heroes," he added.

The partnership launched its ‘Ball Games Allowed’ initiative this summer after it found 50 per cent of young people found it difficult to play football in their local community because of restrictions on outside space or a lack of coaching staff. Coca-Cola has pledged £200,000 to support increased access to pitches and coaches.

"We’ll continue to support their [StreetGames] aim to provide aspiring young adults, with more access to the sport they love via our ‘Where Everyone Plays’ campaign," said Kris Robbens, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland.

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