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Enjoy the Match

8 August 2014

Sheffield United and the other 71 teams across The Football League sold a combined 3,500,000 junior tickets last season, meaning young people made up almost 1/3 of all crowds last season.

Over the last six seasons junior attendance in The Football League has risen by 31% compared with a 6% increase in overall attendance during the same period.

The new figures are being seen as a ringing endorsement of Football League clubs' extensive work to reach out, attract and engage with families through their own enhanced dedicated family-friendly facilities and innovative matchday entertainment, as well as The Football League's Enjoy the Match campaign. Alongside The Football League Family Excellence Awards Scheme, the Enjoy The Match Campaign plays a crucial role in helping clubs to attract families and young supporters to Football League matches.

Launched in 2008, Enjoy the Match focuses on a Code of Conduct in which clubs pledge to enforce a zero tolerance policy on anti-social behaviour in the dedicated family areas across The Football League, encouraging clubs to create a family atmosphere at games that can be enjoyed by supporters of all ages.

Sheffield United is set to build on the success of Enjoy the Match with a range of new materials in our team colours, including a refreshed Code of Conduct, to display within the Duchy Homes Stand.

"As a Club we are right behind the 'Enjoy the Match' campaign and will do all we can at Sheffield United to support such a worthwhile campaign," said Operations Director, Dave McCarthy.

Football League Head of Customer Services Andrea Brown said "We're really proud of the work Football League clubs across the country do to attract new fans. These statistics just go to show that this work is having a real impact.

"The new club-branded Enjoy the Match campaign materials will be sent to clubs for the start of the new season, and we're positive the initiative will continue to go from strength to strength."

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