YOUNG football fans at a kickabout session in Sheffield got a pleasant surprise when a special guest arrived...
Sheffield United’s newly signed keeper Mark Howard joined youngsters at their Kickz session at Mount Pleasant Park in Sharrow, pulling on a Kickz vest, having a kickabout and answering questions about his background and career.
The Kickz project is run by Sheffield United’s community division The United Initiative.
Mark said: “There was nothing like Kickz when I was growing up and it is just fantastic to see so many volunteers involved in this project, as well as the enthusiasm of the young people involved.
“There is obviously some talent around, too – maybe we will see one of the youngsters in a Blades shirt one day!”
Kickz provides sports, volunteering, educational courses, youth clubs and dance to more than 600 young people aged 12 to 19 in Sharrow and Broomhall.
The Kickz group found out Mark was brought up in London as a Spurs supporter – and when he first got into football he did not play as a keeper.