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Football Aid 2017 – the ultimate Xmas gift

12 December 2016

If you're after an extra special Christmas present for the Sheffield United fan in your life this year, why not present them the ultimate footballing experience, the chance to play on the hallowed turf at Bramall Lane!

Sheffield United have again teamed up with Football Aid to provide Blades fans with the unique opportunity to create their own piece of history by playing at Bramall Lane in 2017, and with proceeds being donated to the Sheffield United Community Foundation it won't be just your loved ones who benefit from your generosity this Xmas!

Football Aid have been organising charity games for over 15 years now and are regarded as the original and best in delivering the ultimate pitch day experience. The game offers Blades fans the unrivalled opportunity to experience a matchday in the same way the likes of Billy Sharp, Simon Moore, John Fleck and the rest of the squad do every other week.

As a player, you'll get the chance to pull on your very own exclusive personalised Sheffield United replica shirt in the official changing rooms, experience the thrill of walking down the tunnel to the sound of a cheering crowd and step out onto the hallowed turf proudly sporting your official playing kit and represent the Blades in a never to be forgotten 90 minutes of football!

To add to that, the matches at Bramall Lane have also been supported by a host of fantastic Blades legends in recent years, with the likes of Tony Currie, Ted Hemsley, Carl Bradshaw, Peter Duffield, David Holdsworth, Georges Santos and Mark Todd all lending their extra special support by playing alongside or managing the fans on their big day.

Securing your position couldn't be easier, just visit and choose the Sheffield United game and you'll then have two Fixed Price options.

Option 1: Buy Now - Book your place with a one-off payment.

Option 2: Sponsored to Play - Pay a non-refundable £100 deposit for your place, then pay the remaining balance any time before Friday 27th January 2017.

Blades fan Gary Corby took part last year and told Football Aid about his experience after the game:

"During my life football has evolved for all followers. Due to my age I've seen the dawn of such things as the replica shirt, SKY sports coverage and corporate entertainment. These were all designed to make the football experience much more fulfilling for us punters but nothing, repeat NOTHING can compare to FOOTBALL AID. The ultimate all-encompassing sensory overload with a ball you I'll ever encounter. I have played football for nearly all of my 55 years and this was by far the best experience ever, I played the whole match with a smile on my face and to do it with my son was just awesome. You guys are the best, superb communication and organisation leaves you with no worries but your fitness."

So if you're keen to surprise the Blades fan on your gift list with a cracker of a Christmas present this year, or maybe you fancy treating yourself instead, why not visit and sign up today! If you'd like any additional information, you can call Football Aid on 0131 220 5999, e-mail, post on their Facebook page: or send a tweet to @FootballAid

Since forming in 2001 Football Aid have allowed over 17,000 football fans the chance to Live the Dream in 645 matches all over the UK, while raising over £2.3M for charity. The unique concept was the brainchild of businessman and Football Aid Founder Craig Paterson and funds raised from this year's event will benefit the work of a charitable project nominated by Sheffield United Community Foundation, as well as projects nominated by Football Aid's parent charity Field of Dreams.

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