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Jack Carroll: Teen TV comic to star at Elland Road

Jack Carroll.

Jack Carroll.

  • by Paul Robinson
 

He was pipped to top spot in the last series of Britain’s Got Talent.

Now, though, teenage comedian Jack Carroll has been handed the perfect consolation prize – the chance to perform at Leeds United’s Elland Road ground.

Keen Leeds fan Jack, who has cerebral palsy, is one of the acts who will be entertaining supporters at the launch of the club’s Families United initiative at tomorrow’s match against Queens Park Rangers.

Families United has been set up in a bid to encourage more children to attend games at Elland Road.

And one of the club’s top-rated young stars is delighted that Leeds have secured Jack’s services for the day.

Defender Sam Byram said: “It’s fantastic to see the work the club is doing to attract families to Elland Road.

“To have someone like Jack Carroll coming down to the launch speaks volumes and it’d be great to see people get behind the initiative and get involved.”

Other acts performing at Elland Road tomorrow include singer Leon Pashley and balloon modeller Michaelmas Twist.

They will all be doing their stuff in a stage area at the ground’s new FamilyZone, situated at the southern end of its East Stand concourse.

United have invited representatives from a number of junior clubs to act as a guard of honour for the players before the match.

Every junior club within the West Riding County FA has also been asked to a presentation about a reduced ticket price scheme for youngsters.

Families United is being seen as the latest part of a wider push by the Whites to re-engage with supporters following discontent during ex-chairman Ken Bates’s reign at Elland Road.

The Whites have been running an ad campaign using the slogan ‘The past is the past...let’s be United’ and have allowed full commentaries on their games to return to BBC Radio Leeds after a lengthy absence.

A pop-up store selling club merchandise has also been operating this month at the Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Ken Bates left Leeds in July after selling out to Dubai-based investment bank GFH Capital at the end of last year.

* Jack, from Hipperholme, finished runner-up in this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, which had a first prize of £250,000 plus a place on the bill at the Royal Variety Performance.

CITY’S KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

United have thrown their weight behind a council bid to make Leeds the best city in the UK for children and young people to grow up in.

The club’s managing director, David Haigh, said the local authority’s Child Friendly Leeds scheme was a “fantastic” idea.

He added: “It’s really important that the club, our supporters and the council can come together for the greater good of the young people living in the city.”

The city council’s deputy leader, Coun Judith Blake, said she was “delighted” by United’s backing.

 

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