A pioneering partnership has been scored between Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Europe’s biggest youth football league which will benefit youngsters in the city.
The Sheffield and District Junior Sunday League, which sees almost 12,000 boys and girls play matches every weekend, has teamed up with the hospital charity to create a relationship that will benefit both sides.
Matt Hardman, chairman of the volunteer-run league, said: “This charity partnership is an ideal way of promoting the excellent work that both organisations do in the wider community.
“It’s all about kids helping kids. It won’t just help the kids at the hospital, but the wider community of seven to 16-year-olds in South Yorkshire who can benefit from us improving our coaching and facilities.”
Since it was forged in September, the partnership has already generated more than £10,000 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity through a £1 registration fee per player being donated to the cause.
The relationship will also see all monies raised through the league’s fundraising split 50/50 between themselves and the charity. As such, there are plans in the pipeline for large-scale fundraising projects set to bolster the charity’s Make it Better appeal and the league’s coffers.
David Vernon-Edwards, director of the hospital charity, said: “We don’t know of any other football league that has done a partnership with a charity in this way. We’re all about making kids healthy again – and the league wants to promote healthy activities for kids. It is a perfect relationship.”