Fostered young people and carers in York have been invited to a match, a behind-the-scenes tour and training at York City Football Club’s home ground.
The carers and young people in care watched the Minstermen beat Braintree United at Bootham Crescent, before being invited for an after-hours visit to the grounds and a kickabout with York City Foundation coaches last week.
Foster carer Julie Arthur has looked after 78 children and young people over 21 years in York. She watched the match against Braintree United which the Minstermen won 3-0. “I took six lads along to the match and we really enjoyed it before eight of them went along for the tour and the training on 20 April. They did a warm up, passing skills and had a game. That’s a privilege not many get.
“The visits mean they meet others in care so they know they’re not the only ones, and I get to catch up with other carers.
“This fun is in addition to the more serious training and support we get to help the young people we care for.”
Foster carer Kevin Lumley said: “Treats like this give the carers and young people a real boost – we really looked forward to it and enjoyed the experience. Thank you, York City.”
Joe Scargill from York City Football Club Foundation, said: “It was a genuine honour to give these young people behind-the-scenes access to the football club and an opportunity to play the game they love.
“Fostering can have such a positive effect on the lives of young people and we are committed to offering support for both those in care and those that carry out such good work.”