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Caolan in the community

14 February 2018

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Sheffield United's Community Foundation have submitted an entry for Caolan Lavery to be the PFA Player in the Community 2018.

Caolan, who is currently on-loan at Rotherham United until the end of the season, supported numerous Foundation projects throughout 2017, ranging from Primary Stars, which provides free, flexible & easy-to-use curriculum-linked teaching resources for schools, to a journalistic challenge, a literacy project aimed at Y7s from Meadowhead School.

But perhaps the standout moment from Caolan came when he met his biggest fan, Harrison Parker, a seven-year-old who suffers with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

Prior to United's win over Ipswich Town in October, the two met for the first time and remain in regular contact today, with young Harri now heading to the AESSEAL New York Stadium to see Caolan play for the Millers, Blades matches permitting.

Caolan donated a signed playing shirt to Harri when they met and continues to visit the fanatical young supporter whenever he can.

The 25-year-old is open and honest about life as a professional sportsman when he speaks at school presentations and community projects and also did sessions to pupils, supporting science lessons discussing the injuries he has suffered from, which was most recently a fractured cheekbone last August.

Speaking about his role, working alongside the Community Foundation, Caolan remarked: "The staff have really opened my eyes to the work they deliver in Sheffield.

"The wide range of activities they offer is fantastic and I can't wait to get more involved in 2018.

"It was a pleasure to be introduced to Harri and fantastic that we've kept in touch, what a courageous lad. It makes you realise you can be positive even if things are really, really tough."

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