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Deano gives Kyle a Christmas gift to last a lifetime

10 December 2018

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Christmas came early for one lucky Blade when he received special congratulations from his United hero after a successful trial with England's disability team.

Young goalkeeper Kyle Reid, who suffers from Hemiplegia down his left side, received a surprise visit from Blades goalkeeper, Dean Henderson, at United's Shirecliffe training ground - and even got to train one-to-one with his footballing idol.

Kyle, who plays both in goal and outfield for the Sheffield United Community Foundation's Futsal and 11-a-side teams, lives with Aspergers and ADHD as well as Hemiplegia, a condition which limits the use of his left arm and left leg.

The 19-year-old from Intake enjoyed a successful trial for England's disability team at the national side's St George's Park training centre in November. His idol, United 'keeper Henderson, was more than happy to practice penalties and goalkeeping skills with Kyle at Shirecliffe, after signing and gifting the young star several pairs of gloves.

Kyle joined Sheffield United Community Foundation's Community Education Programme earlier this year, and also took on a Level 2 Sport Course, which involves nine hours of academic studies around coaching, nutrition, psychology, anatomy and physiology.

Having taken part in a Community Foundation programme which stimulates and helps battle his mental health issues and which built up his confidence, Kyle now aims to complete his sports qualifications, which will allow the young 'keeper to progress further.

He is also now set to attend a classification day at St George's Park, hoping to one day emulate his hero, Henderson, by representing his national side.

Kyle said: "It was fantastic to get the opportunity [to meet Dean Henderson] because it's not every day you get to meet your hero. The people here at the United are so nice - it's fantastic to see the players here at the training ground who represent the club.

"All in all it was an experience which will live with me and inspire me forever!"

Joe Williamson, Education Manager at Sheffield United Community Foundation, said: "It was great to see Deano meet Kyle and train one-to-one with him - a fantastic gesture.

"We're a community-focused football club here at Sheffield United and always put the fans first - that goes all the way through the club including the manager and first-team players.

"It's also testament to the club and community team for getting this organised. It was such a wonderful thing to do for a loyal fan who has achieved an awful lot and overcome a lot of adversity in his young life."

For more information visit www.sufc-community.com/education-training

Go behind the scenes as Dean met Kyle on YouTube.
youtube.com/watch?v=mEQQcHHWC-c


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