Why Sheffield United skipper Billy Sharp is "proud" to lead Blades players in initiative to support NHS amidst coronavirus crisis

Billy Sharp and his Sheffield United teammates are "proud" to be a part of the 'Players Together' initiative which will see Premier League footballers raise vital funds for frontline workers as the country battles with coronavirus.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 12:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 12:57 pm
Billy Sharp of Sheffield Utd celebrates: Alistair Langham/Sportimage

Sharp and his fellow United players joined forces with other top-flight players to launch the initiative, which was in the pipeline before health secretary Matt Hancock went public and implored footballers to do their bit to help the Covid-19 fight.

Sharp, as United skipper, was instrumental in setting up the scheme, and spoke about the process in a Skype call with local journalists this afternoon.

"We're all proud of it, and it was in the pipeline well before we got stick in the press," Sharp said.

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"But as footballers we get that anyway, so we take it on the chin. I had a lot of calls and messages, and we're all happy to be on board and help the people who need it the most.

"We're happy and proud as Premier League players to help the NHS heroes and frontline workers. They're the heroes but don't always get the plaudits.

"It's good to see the country coming together to show support for them, and hopefully we can get on top of this soon so they can have a well-earned rest and we can get back to normal life."

England's women side have recently signed up to the initiative. "Credit to them," Sharp added, "for grouping together and donating to such a fantastic cause."

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