Students organise charity football match in aid of youth homelessness charity

A group of students at Sheffield Hallam University is organising a charity football match in aid of a youth homelessness charity.

The KickAbout Cup will be held on Sunday 26 March at Olympic Legacy Park in support of Sheffield’s Roundabout Homeless Charity.

The match will be between Sheffield Hallam’s football teams and a team of dads with the game being called a ‘dads vs lads’ football match.

The event has been organised by Jess Miles, Laura McMahon, and Natalie Parkin who are all in their final year of studying Event Management.

One of the organisers, Jess Miles, 20, said: “We’re hoping that as many people as possible come down and every little bit helps”

She added: “It’s such a good venue and a good day for a good cause”

The ‘dads’ team training for the upcoming match

Youth homeless charity Roundabout aims to provide shelter and support for young people as well providing training to help with finding employment opportunities and develop life skills.

The charity supports over 350 young people every day and runs a rapid rehousing outreach scheme to try and get young people off the streets.

About this scheme, Roundabout have said: “Our incredible staff work across the city in all weathers, trying to engage with these young people, sometimes just sitting on the floor with them in the rain over weeks trying to establish trust.”

Jess Miles said: “We have had quite a lot of contact with the charity and really got to know them and what they do.”

The charity said: “We are so grateful for the support of people in our community fundraising to support Roundabout.

“Events like the Kickabout Cup are not just helping to raise vital funds to support homeless young people across South Yorkshire but they also raise awareness for our services for those who need them.”

The day begins at 1pm with kick-off at 3pm and will include a penalty shootout and a raffle and has been described by the organisers as a day for all ages.

The group are hoping to raise £2000 on the day with all donations going towards Roundabout.

Tickets for the day are available here and a JustGiving page has been set up to help with donations.

Written by Matthew Galloway

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