Scouts from Leeds set for Elland Road invasion

Elland Road Stadium, the home of Leeds United.
Elland Road Stadium, the home of Leeds United.
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A total of 1,245 scouts from across Leeds and Wakefield area are to descend on the Leeds United ground this weekend, as part of the club’s popular Grass Roots’ scheme.

The youngsters will be invited to take part in the traditional LUFC ceremony of ‘Shake the shirt’ when around 25 people grab hold of a huge Leeds shirt and give it a shake. They will also parade with flags at half time, when the team plays against Doncaster Rovers.

One pack taking part is Adel Methodist Scout Group.

Scout leader Kim Brompton said: “It is all thanks to one of our leaders Davina Poli, who is doing a great job in organising exciting events for us to join with. I don’t think LUFC will have seen as many scouts as this before.

“They do sometimes have scouts attending but never on this scale. It is a huge gathering for us and the youngsters are very excited about it. I think we will be quite visible on the day.”

The club’s Grass Roots scheme encourages Leeds United to connect with local football clubs, schools and youth organisations throughout Yorkshire and the surrounding areas, encouraging their juniors to be part of matchdays at Elland Road.

A spokesman for Leeds United said: “Being part of our Grass Roots initiative gives juniors the opportunity to take advantage of reduced price tickets, with junior tickets from as little as £5, whilst earning cash back for their club or organisation.

“In addition, they will have the opportunity to be involved in a range of matchday activities that include the guard of hour, shake the shirt, player escorts and half time parade.”

Scouting remains as popular as ever, but in some areas there is a lack of volunteers, who are needed to help lead the groups and organise activities.

Anyone who can help is urged to contact their local group or the county website at

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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