The Community Foundation and Variety, the Children's Charity launched their exciting new partnership at Bramall Lane this week!
The partnership will bring together two charities who are committed to the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their circumstances.
To celebrate this exciting new venture in Sheffield, Lowfield Primary School, local to Bramall Lane were invited to Bramall Lane for a day of fun activity, including a FA Tesco football session on the pitch.
50 pupils were treated to a walk along the players' tunnel before emerging into the stadium. After entering the pitch through a guard of honour made up of their flag waving friends, they were treated to a Tesco FA Skills session which included a variety of games designed to encourage teamwork with lots of fun!
Rob Jenkinson a Sports Coach at the Foundation then delivered a brief talk on the exciting history of the club before the children were treated to a lunch in the club's Platinum Suite.
Patrick Piearcey, of the Foundation spoke of the partnership: "We are delighted to be working with Variety here in Sheffield. We believe that through the power of sport and the amazing facilities that the club offers, we have a unique way of creating memories and inspiring young people to achieve their potential".
Charlotte Farrington, Regional Development Manager at Variety added; "We are so grateful to Sheffield United Community Foundation for providing Variety the opportunity to organise a very special and memorable day for 50 fantastic pupils from Lowfield Primary School. Not many people get to experience standing on the pitch at Bramall Lane never mind playing on it, so when one little boy described it as the best day of his life I could understand why."
The final word goes to the children of Lowfield; "Everything about the day was amazing and each child, regardless of sporting ability, was professionally coached and encouraged to do their best. The quality of care, the planned activities, the catering, the awards ceremony and the special atmosphere that was created by Variety, SUFC and the FA meant that the children had a day that they will never forget."
We would like to take the time to thank Lowfield School, The FA Tesco Skills coaches and Sheffield United Football Club for their contribution to the event.
We look forward to working with Variety in the future to the benefit of the children in our city and surrounding areas.