Football clubs join forces

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IT’S not that often the Blades and Owls work together to form an alliance.

But that’s exactly what happened when the two Sheffield clubs joined Sheffield and Hallamshire FA and Sheffield City Council to help develop grassroots football in the city.

The four organisations will work together to form the City Football Alliance to get more people involved in football to help address key issues in the city such as health, education and social cohesion.

James Hope-Gill, chief executive of Sheffield and Hallamshire FA said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the whole of the game to benefit as we work together both to develop the game as well as using the power of football to make a difference in the community.

“Football is not only a great game to play and watch, it can also be a force for good which brings communities together, improves health, provides coaching and volunteering opportunities for local people and provides positive activities for our young people.”

The scheme has been welcomed by Milan Mandaric and Dave McCarthy.