Story: Carl Kennedy, Ellesmere Youth Project
Friday 25th November; a freezing cold night but it was game on between Burngreave’s multitalented multi-agency squad and a group of young people from the Vestry Hall.
Yes, we got a 9 – 6 hammering, but it was all worth the defeat, as it brought workers and young people together in an activity everyone (in particular the young people) have a passion for.
Workers from Ellesmere Youth Project, Sheffield Futures, YOS North Prevention Team, Burngreave Study Support, South Yorkshire Police, Longley College and Vestry Hall volunteers took to the pitch at Hillsborough Sports Arena to battle the agile, young,lightening-quick talented youth players who have the ability to scare off Lionel Messi. It was a great match, they were worthy winners and it was enjoyed by everyone who played – we will hopefully get a re-match soon to regain our pride.
But this wasn’t just any old match, it had a purpose of developing relationships and breaking down barriers, this work now continues with a visit to the Emirates, home of Arsenal Football Club.
The tour of the stadium will take place on Tuesday 14th February during half term, where the majority who were involved will come together to enjoy some light entertainment.
Although we are fully behind female football, both teams were all male. However, I would like to share the fact that Danielle Sharp from Ellesmere Youth Project gave her Friday evening up to support the event and sit on the sidelines in sub-zero temperatures to take pictures.
Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to more future activities.