Sheffield United is delighted to announce that the two additional charities for this season will be Heeley Development Trust and Roundabout.
The two charities will extend United's links to local worthy causes to six - Sheffield Children's Hospital, Weston Park, Bluebell Wood and St Wilfrid's are already supported by the Club.
United's Operations Director, Dave McCarthy, who leads on the Club's charity links, commented: "Heeley Development Trust and Roundabout will widen the work we do in the area.
"We received a good number of applications from a wide range of charities, including ones with which we already have links which was really pleasing and it was a tough decision deciding which ones to shortlist. We narrowed down to four charities to come and make presentations and it was hard to make that final choice. In the end we have gone with two organisations, which are very local to Bramall Lane and impressed us with their vision."
Heeley Development Trust, as well as looking after Heeley Millennium Park, deliver a wide range of community, youth, training and environmental projects. They are currently working on the SUM Studios Project which is transforming three derelict Grade II list Victorian school buildings in to a thriving community hub and business workspace.
"This is brand new for us, we are really excited! We can't think of a more perfect partner for our work to improve and manage Heeley Park. We are creating a place that's safe to play in; to climb, run, kick a ball, or just to enjoy being outdoors. Heeley is a real community, with close ties to the Blades and the history of the game. Sheffield United's support and expertise is going to help so much," comments Andy Jackson of the Heeley Development Trust.
Roundabout, meanwhile, is a charity which supports over 150 homeless young people in Sheffield every day. The charity provides shelter, support and life skills through a range of services to help the cycle of homelessness. Their emergency hostel is close to The Lane and their new prevention service helps young people and families at risk of becoming homeless.
"We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the Blades new chosen charities. The money and awareness raised via the partnership will help us to provide vital support to young vulnerable people in Sheffield," says Amy Casbolt, Fundraising Co-ordinator at Roundabout.
Sheffield United is looking forward to working with the charities and will be considering how best the Club can be involved in supporting them during the current season.
* United's Mal Brannigan and Dave McCarthy with representatives from Roundabout and Heeley Development Trust.