Apprentices from Sheffield United’s Academy were on hand to help Club Ambassador Tony Currie at the latest Playing for Success Presentation Evening.
Nathaniel Foster, Jordan Chapell and Matthew Darlow were warmly welcomed by the audience of around 300 as they introduced themselves.
The Apprentices, all from Sheffield, were presenting certificates and prizes to pupils from local primary and secondary schools.
The termly presentation evening at Bramall Lane is one of the highlights for the children who attend the Cutting Edge Centre.
Playing for Success provides an opportunity for pupils attend the centre after school and work on extra literacy, numeracy and ICT whilst developing their personal skills. The centre also provides a range of other programmes.Apprentices have to continue with their education alongside their football development programme and are encouraged to take part in supporting community activity.
Mike Reid the Academy Head of Education and Welfare said,
“It provides the lads like Nathaniel, Matt and Jordan with valuable experience which helps prepare them not only for being a professional player but also forms part of their academic qualifications.”
Sue Beeley, Head of Community at SUFC comments,
“The Cutting Edge Centre at the Club provides an inspiration setting in which children can learn and sport provides countless opportunities for interesting learning activities. The Presentation Evening is always well attended and the children always enjoy receiving their certificates and prizes from players at the Club and it is an ideal setting for our young players to get involved with community activity.”