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They are the next generation of fans who will one day proudly pull on the famous white shirt of Leeds United.

And a new scheme launched this week by Leeds United Supporters Trust is hoping to fan their football flames by encouraging children in schools to become Leeds fans.

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The Future Trust initiative allows children between five and 16 to be members of the trust, official Leeds fans and donning member badges and cards.

Trust organisers visited Outwood Primary Academy, in Wakefield yesterday, the first school to promote the scheme, and spoke to children about the history of the club.

Chairman Dave Carrington said: “I have coached children’s football and they are all wearing Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Liverpool shirts – there are a lot of kids out there who don’t know about Leeds United.

“It’s trying to get the next generation of Leeds fans engaged and get them into Leeds shirts.”

Mr Carrington was joined at the school by board member and author Jon Howe. and Dave Cocker, son of former Leeds coach Les Cocker, who brought memorabilia from the club’s past including the 1967-68 Football League Cup to show pupils. The Future Trust idea has now been adopted by the school as part of its curriculum for persuasive letter writing, where their topic will be to write a letter persuading people to become a Leeds fan and join the trust.

Then the best judged letter – chosen by trust board members – will be offered a child and adult seat in the trust’s executive director’s box.

Mr Carrington said: “The reaction yesterday was great. The kids were so interested and asking so man questions about Leeds.

“We did a presentation about the supporters trust and the history of Leeds United, its successes and how Elland Road has changed.”

FUTURE TRUST

Since its launch, three schools in Leeds have registered their interest in the Future Trust scheme.

To join, an adult needs to become a member of the full Leeds United Supporters Trust for £10.

In addition to their own members’ benefits, they will be given two free children’s memberships to the Future Trust.

Email: dave.carrington@leedsunitedtrust.com for more details.

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