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Paul Coutts lends hand at Whirlow Hall Farm

14 November 2017

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Sheffield United star midfielder Paul Coutts paid a special visit to Whirlow Hall Farm.

Coutts had gone to find out more about the farm where he is the player ambassador for the Whirlow Hall Farm Charity Trust charity. - one of six that the Club supports.

He said that: 'It was great to visit and learn more about the work of the charity and to see how it supports young people. I really enjoyed talking to the children and students who were there, as well the staff, who gave me a really-warm welcome. Getting roped in with the farm chores was interesting! I look forward to visiting again."

Paul met with many excited pupils, including Whirlow Life students, who are enrolled on vocational courses in horticulture and animal management.

He also spent some time with pupils from St Catherine's Primary School, who were enjoying a residential stay where they help with farm jobs, try out pony riding, spend time getting to know their classmates and build self-confidence.

Andrew Cowell, from the charity, said: "It was great to have Paul at Whirlow Hall Farm, spending time with the students. His visit caused a great deal of excitement and highlighted the excellent support Sheffield United offer to the Trust."

The Trust plays a vital part in the educational provision of the region, and is adapting to changing times by playing an ever more important role in enriching children's curriculum, providing opportunities for personal development and heightening awareness of environmental responsibility.

The charity works with mainstream schools to offer essential support to those who are at risk of - or have been - excluded from school, as well as running a programme of vocational education courses for youngsters with Special Educational Needs, and provides support for children who are being home schooled.

The farm also offers respite breaks for Sheffield's young carers, provides support for primary school children who are suffering from high levels of anxiety, and works with Roma children from across Sheffield.

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