Young Carers Get A Real Kick Out Of United Visit

2nd April 2014

Young carers were treated to a visit from Sheffield United's youth team last week, as part of an exciting new partnership between the Redtooth Academy and charity Sheffield Young Carers.

Players from the Under 18 squad Jamie McDonagh, Julian Banton, Jake Eyre and Joel Coustrain spent time talking to the young carers and answering their questions, as well as finding out what it's like to be a young carer who's looking after an ill or disabled family member back at home. Jake Eyre commented: -Visiting the group was a real eye-opener. It made us all appreciate what we have and how lucky we are. The young carers are all so young but they've got a big responsibility on their hands. It's great that young carers can come to the group a place where they can be a child, rather than a twenty-year-old in a ten-year-old's body. Katie Borland from Sheffield Young Carers said: -We can't thank the players enough for their time and their support. Life for young carers can be really tough at times so it was just brilliant watching them let off steam and kick a ball about with some of their sporting heroes. With plans for the Academy to continue their support, both charity and club are claiming a great result for young carers! To find out about more about Sheffield Young Carers, please visit www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk or call Katie Borland on 0114 258 4595.

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