Sheffield United's community programme - the United Initiative, has been recognised by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Alan Law.

A group of volunteers from Sheffield Hallam Universtity have been doing a variety of tasks for the initiative and to say than you the club organised the trip to the Town Hall for the students to meet the Mayor.

The volunteer activities included football coaching, helping with guards of honour and penalty shoot-outs at matches, as well as handing out flyers and stickers to supporters and in May the group will be assisting at the Blades' annual Community Day at Bramall Lane.

Several of the volunteers have gone on to complete work placements at United, and some have even gained employment with the club.

Sue Beeley, Head of Community at Sheffield United, said: "The link with students from Sheffield Hallam University has really developed and the volunteers we have do a great job.

"We get the help and assistance we need with a range of activities and they get the practical experience they need within the sport sector. It is great that some of them have gone on to work for us."

Jonny Morgan, who studies Public Services at Sheffield Hallam University, now coaches regularly in schools as a paid member of staff at the Blades after being a volunteer for the United Initiative.

Jonny said: "I started volunteering for the United Initiative at their half-term soccer camps, coaching youngsters and making sure they enjoy themselves and improve their footballing skills. I have also volunteered regularly on match days at Bramall Lane."

Sheffield United is now offering more opportunities to young people with Sheffield Academy of Young Leaders in Sport (SAYLS) which is encouraging young people in the Sheffield area to get involved in leadership opportunities at events throughout the country.

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