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Courtenay stars in 'EFL stories' launch

11 August 2016

Courtenay Crawford will play a key role in the start of the new football season at United's home fixture against Rochdale on Saturday.

To mark the start of the new football season, the EFL has launched its #EFLStories campaign to tell the stories of all the people who help make the EFL what it is - a football experience for everyone.

Launching with an #EFLstories video, over the course of the 2016/17 season the EFL will share individual accounts from a plethora fans, players, managers, club staff and a club mascot or two, with each person sharing the reasons why they love football via their favourite memories, tales and feelings about the wider game.

Across the opening two weekends of the season, the first 72 people featured on the #EFLStories website will have the privilege of delivering their club's new Mitre match ball to the pitch at the first home league game of the season. With #EFLStories ball presentations taking place across all three divisions of the Sky Bet EFL, each person nominated for this honour has been put forward by their favourite EFL club.

Courtenay Crawford is the Community Coach & Mascot Co-ordinator at Sheffield United.

Courtenay started her journey at Sheffield United 6 years ago as a volunteer with Sheffield United Community Foundation (SUCF). She has volunteered on a variety of community projects including primary school health projects, holiday camps, match day events and our DS Active project for children and young people with various disabilities.

Courtenay is always willing to support community projects and in turn has developed her skills as a coach by achieving her Level 1 football coaching qualification. She is currently completing her Level 2 coaching qualification and aims to become a lead community coach in the future.

Last year Courtenay accepted the role as mascot coordinator on match days where she meets and greets young mascots and takes care of them throughout their experience. She optimises Sheffield United's key values of being passionate, considerate and trustworthy and brings the Sheffield United match day experience to life for the mascots and their families.

All the #EFLStories can be viewed at and EFL fans at home and abroad are being invited to submit the reasons why they love the game to the site. With the campaign continuing throughout the 2016/17 season, the EFL will be sharing a variety of the stories, photos and videos across social media

Drew Barrand, EFL Marketing Director said: "Everyone who attends an EFL game or works behind the scenes at one of our 72 clubs has a story to tell about what football means to them.

"Following this season's rebrand to the EFL, the #EFLStories campaign has been created to demonstrate the breadth and depth of what the EFL offers. Be it high drama, great games, communities uniting or innovating the game, the EFL really does offer something for everybody as this collection of captivating stories show."

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