Eric Sykes from the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust said: “Partnering with a great club such as Emley is good and linking with the Under 23s is even better. This is a great way to raise awareness and if just one of the young players’ friends or relatives gets the help they need, it will be very worthwhile.”
Julie Warren-Sykes from the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust said: “Sports clubs become a family to young people – especially those facing difficulties. Sometimes it takes support and direction from organisations like ours, but we want to inspire youngsters to believe in themselves and for everyone to believe in young people.”
On the field, trials for the U23 squad have recently taken place and an initial squad of 30 will start pre-season this month before trimming down to around 22 players ready to start in the West Riding Development League in September.