Barnsley under 11’s Football Academy took part in this year’s Total Warrior challenge to raise money for the Charity who came to a Barnsley football volunteer’s aid last September.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended Oakwell last year, when volunteer, Stephen Croft suffered a cardiac arrest at the side of the football pitch.
Inspired by the heroic efforts of the emergency services, 18 children from the Barnsley Football Academy took part in this year’s Junior Total Warrior at Bramham Park, Leeds on Saturday 22nd June. The team included two of the player’s sisters and their ages range from nine to 11 years old.
Jemma Steele, Organiser of the Barnsley FC Total Warrior Challenge and one of the player’s mums, said: “We really wanted to give something back to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance when we saw them land at Oakwell – it’s something that really touched our local community and made us want to do something to help. When I saw the advert on social media, I knew it was something that the players would enjoy doing.”
Katie Collinson, Corporate and Partnerships Manager for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said: “We are delighted to have the Barnsley under 11s Football Academy as part of our Junior Total Warrior team.
“It costs £12,000 a day to maintain and run both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances and we are grateful for all support we receive.”