Homeless young people were bowled over with excitement as they enjoyed a training session with Yorkshire County Cricket Club captain Andrew Gale.
Around a dozen young people took part in yesterday’s session at Headingley Stadium, which was organised by the homelessness charity Centrepoint.
The event came ahead of a major fundraising evening in aid of Centrepoint taking place at Headingley on Thursday, September 8.
It will see Yorkshire players teaming up with rugby aces from Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie for a sports quiz hosted by the BBC’s John Inverdale.
Speaking at yesterday’s event, Yorkshire skipper Gale said: “We came here today to learn a bit more about Centrepoint ahead of the sports quiz in September.
“Youth homelessness is something we see in the city, particularly at night, and it’s fantastic that we are able to do what we can to reach out to these young people.
“I think sport is a really good way to do that, you can see that today from the way the young people have engaged with the session so far – they’re really enjoying themselves and hopefully it will give them the confidence they need to kick on.”
One of the young people taking part was 21-year-old Jordan, who said Centrepoint was making a big difference to youth homelessness in Yorkshire.
Members of the public are being encouraged to sign up for next month’s Ultimate Sports Quiz evening.
Entry costs £60 per head and includes drinks and a meal.
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Centrepoint helps more than 200 homeless young people in Yorkshire.
The charity provides accommodation and support to assist the young people as they turn their lives around by gaining essential skills, tackling physical and mental health issues and moving into education or employment.
Recent research carried out by Centrepoint found that almost a third of homeless young people reported a physical health problem, with less than half of those surveyed taking regular exercise.
The Duke of Cambridge is patron of the charity while its famous ambassadors include Sara Cox, Ben Fogle and Emily Maitlis.