Sheffield United recently opened their doors to one of their 2017-18 nominated charities, Paces, for a morning of activities on the hallowed turf of Bramall Lane.

A group of over 70 children and young adults, with a range of motor disabilities, were accompanied by their parents, siblings and carers to take part in the fun.

Dave McCarthy, Operations Director at Sheffield United, said: “It was a privilege to be able to watch our guests and their families enjoy some time together having fun on the pitch.  It proved to be a great experience also for some of our Bramall Lane staff, Academy players and members of our Ladies First Team, who all joined in the kick about.

“Paces is a fantastic local charity that works so hard to help improve the lives of those affected by motor conditions and it was great to play a part in supporting everyone associated with them.”

Established in 1997, Paces was created by parents of children with Cerebral Palsy and has been dedicated to transforming the lives of those affected by acute conditions of neurological origin ever since. 

As the charity has evolved, success has been centred around conductive education, where those with a damaged central nervous system learn how to overcome the disabilities that they face.  This is a process of experiences which allows afflicted individuals to move closer to independence.

Paces offer a variety of services to people of all ages via an approach that challenges complex neurological issues such as difficulties with movement, perception, cognition, social sills, emotional development and language skills.  

Vikki Mallinder, External Relations Officer at Paces, said: “Our trip to Sheffield United demonstrates the power of local collaboration in helping transform the lives of the individuals this charity represents.

“Experiences like this provide an invaluable part to the learning process and development of these children and young adults”.

Sheffield United Academy will continue to support the charity during the 2018-19 season.

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Originally published on the Paces Sheffield website here.