Burton Street’s SUFC Pitch Invasion

On Saturday we were lucky enough to be invited to Bramall Lane to be the official flag bearers!

The 25th November’s fixture against Birmingham was Sheffield United’s designated designated “Kick It Out” game.

Kickitout is the national organisation working to eradicate discrimination from football and stadiums. We recommend reading about Kick It Out’s aims and objectives by clicking here.

To commemorate this special event, Sheffield United Community Foundation invited 30 Burton Street clients and staff to attend the match, and a super lucky ten of us were asked to be flag bearers, welcoming players onto the pitch.

Zara, a long time Burton Street client and founder member of the Burton Street Learning Difficulties Board, on the pitch waving a large SUFC flag

The match was televised live across the UK, so there were a few nerves before the big day. Burton Street department manager and lifelong SUFC superfan Julie Melville was one of the lucky staff accompanying clients onto the pitch.

“It was absolutely freezing, but what experience for us all to be right there on the pitch!”

Senior Manager Andy Beeston was similarly positive;

“Kick It Out is a brilliant organisation doing really worthwhile work, so it was great to be invited along. Everybody had such a great time!”

We’d like to thank Sheffield United Community Foundation for inviting us, and Kick It Out for the great work they do to make football a more inclusive environment for everyone to enjoy.

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