Young Leeds United fan melts Elland Road hearts with inspirational "never give up" video

Harley was the club's guest of honour against Bristol City

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:28 pm
Leeds United fan Harley leads out the team at Elland Road. (Image: PA)

A young Leeds United fan has melted hearts with an inspirational video following Saturday's game with Bristol City.

Harley, 8, was the club's special guest for the visit of the Robins as he helped lead the Whites out ahead of the Championship clash at Elland Road.

He also met the United squad before the game - including favourite players Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips - and was applauded off the pitch by the Whites faithful following the coin toss.

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Harley was born with a condition called tibial hemimelia, meaning he was born without a tibia in his right leg which led to amputation at just 14 months. He was also born with two radial clubbed hands which has also led to a number of operations.

The Leeds United Foundation have been working in conjunction with Beeston Primary School as part of their work in the community to help build up his confidence.

United on Tuesday afternoon released an inspirational video to show the work they have been doing with the youngster, with Harley's message clear: "Leeds United taught me to never give up and try again."

Mathew Everett, Primary Education Lead at the Leeds United Foundation, said: “Initial observations showed that Harley was low in confidence and was quite reluctant to take part in PE.

"The ultimate aim of the initiative is to inspire and engage children to be more active and to see the progress that Harley has made not only in terms of skill level and ability but his confidence and willingness to do more has been unbelievable."