Published Friday, 13 September 2013
The George Best Foundation was formed by over 60 players, aged between 16 and 18, from the Belfast Met Football Academy.
It is the first full-time football academy in Northern Ireland that focuses on both academic and athletic development.
"It's a rebrand to turn it into a globally iconic image," Damien Duffy from the Met told UTV.
"It is great to see the players here today with the George Best signature on their jerseys and for us it's pushing on the further development of the academy to its furthest level."
Saturday marks 50 years since George Best first played for Man Utd as a 17-year-old in a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion back in 1963.
After pulling on the famous red shirt he walked out at Old Trafford to begin a journey that would dazzle the football world.
Best's sister Barbara McNarry said he would appreciate the new academy, which recognises and remembers his sporting achievements.
She continued: "George's name and his legacy is still being carried on through football which is exactly what he would have wanted."
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