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A Blades welcome for budding journalists

18 February 2014

Pupils from Meadowhead School and its primary feeder schools Bradway, Lower Meadow and Abbey Lane, were at the Lane recently as part of a Journalistic Challenge, run in conjunction with the Football League.

The group were welcomed to the Lane by United's Sue Beeley and given a brief overview of matchdays before meeting with Academy scholars Jamie McDonagh and Jake Wright who told the pupils about their experiences.

A number of match staff were also interviewed about their matchday roles, including stadium announcer, Gary Sinclair.

Sue Beeley, United's Training and Development Manager, who had assisted in organising the visit said: "We are delighted that the Challenge went ahead this year after snow cancelled the one last season. Staff were very happy to answer the pupils' questions and commented on their enthusiasm. We hope that we have encouraged them to write some good pieces of work after the game."

Going pitchside for a photograph with Jake and Jamie, the group was joined by Dave McCarthy, Sheffield United's Operations Director who is in charge of matchday operations.

The pupils then came in to the ground via the turnstiles to watch the warm up and the game, making notes for writing their reports.

Jamie Taylor, from Meadowhead, commented after the game commented: "The pupils really enjoyed the opportunity to come to a game. They were making copious notes as the Blades scored. Seasoned Blades like Reece and George led the singing while fans making their debut to the Lane were impressed with the goal celebrations on the pitch."

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