Barnsley under 11s football academy has vowed to take part in this year’s Total Warrior challenge to raise money for the charity who came to a Barnsley Football Club 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 players from the Barnsley under 11s football team and two of the players sisters, ranging from nine-years-old to 11-years-old will be taking part in this year’s Junior Total Warrior at Bramham Park, Leeds on Saturday 22 June.
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.”
The football club, who train four times a week at the Oakwell Stadium have set themselves a target of £500 and have already raised £300.
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.”
Total Warrior at Bramham Park, Leeds takes place from 21 to 23 June 2019 and comprises of three obstacle courses – the Junior Warrior suitable for six to 13-year-olds, a Warrior Half 6K challenge and an Ultra Warrior five hour challenge. The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an Official Total Warrior Charity Partner.
For anyone wishing to donate to this fantastic cause, you can do so by following the link below.