Young Leeds footballers on target for charity cause

Pro Skills youngsters who took part in the charity penalty shootout.
Pro Skills youngsters who took part in the charity penalty shootout.
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YOUNG footballers have scored a fundraising goal for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Macmillan Centenary Appeal.

They took on the challenge of beating the goalie at penalty shoot-outs run by Leeds-based Pro Skills Coaching and raised £430 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Youngsters from across West Yorkshire – including tots aged from two upwards – boosted the YEP’s £35,000 fundraising appeal.

Mark Senior, managing director and owner of the Pudsey firm which offers sports coaching, wanted to help Macmillan because of a personal connection to cancer.

He said: “We saw that your chosen charity was Macmillan and we know the great work that they do.

“I lost my mum to cancer coming up to three years ago this month and we always, as a company, do something to put something back.

“Some of our groups, including our multi skills pre-school groups and football talent development centre groups, took part in a ‘beat the coach’ penalty shoot-out to raise money for the charity, as an addition to their usual programme.”

Mark, from Bradford, set up Pro Skills which provides coaching in football and other sports across West and North Yorkshire and in Northern Ireland for youngsters aged up to 16.

Jamie Strachan, Macmillan fundraising manager, said: “It is brilliant that soccer stars of the future have helped raise cash to benefit people with cancer and we are very grateful to Pro Skills for their generosity.

“I hope this will also inspire other firms to see how easy it can be to hold a fundraising event for Macmillan and can assure them that any money donated will make a real, life-changing difference to those living with this disease.”

The YEP’s Macmillan Centenary Appeal aims to collect £35,000 for the charity during its 100th year.

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