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Academy youngsters raise money for charity

20 May 2015

Youngsters from United's coveted Redtooth Academy have recently been raising money for a footballing charity.

14 members from the U10s squad abseiled off Millersdale Bridge in Derbyshire which is 90ft high under the watchful eye of Skills Coach Ashley Foyle, who is also co-founder of Academy Africa, a UK based charity that supports grassroots football in Uganda.

Dan Church, Luke Faxon, Joe Green, Mason Harris, Luke Mitchell, Harrison Poulter, Charlie Staniland, Billy Fiddler, Leighton Chapman, Joseph Priestly, Jacob Priestnal, Lucian Mahovo, Tom Roberts and Addison Sorby along with their age group coach Andy Emsley all took part in the challenge.

All the lads took their old boots, shirts, shorts and shin pads as donations for the charity, with the event expected to have raised in access of £500.

The aim of the charity is to provide coaching and education for the youngsters in Uganda, whilst donating lots of kit and equipment to youth projects, schools and villages.

Supporters can learn more about the project through Twitter by following @AcademyAfrica.

Reflecting on the success of the trip, Foyle remarked: "The lads did really well and demonstrated great bravery.

"It was a fantastic experience for them and they all seemed to enjoy it.

"To have raised so much money for the charity in addition to donating so much kit will also make a massive difference to young footballers in Uganda."

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