10 JUN 2018

Young Lives Foundation Football Match

(L-R) CEO of YLF Stephen Gray, Helen Grant MP, President of YLF Clive Emson, Tracey Crouch MP, Matthew Scott PCC

The Young Lives Foundation (YLF) Charity Football Match was a first in YLF's history on Sunday, and was well supported by local politicians and community leaders. A family event, it was designed to raise vital funds for YLF as well as showcase the achievements of young people supported by YLF and other Kent Charities over the years.

Held at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium, the event was opened by Helen Grant MP and newly appointed Maidstone Mayor David Naghi. After a much needed warm-up the celebrity team took to the pitch to show their footy prowess to the gathered crowds. Participants included UK Minister for Sport and MP for Chatham & Aylesford Tracey Crouch, and Matthew Scott, Kent's Police and Crimes Commissioner.

Helen Grant said 'I applaud YLF and all they do to help young people get through times of difficulty and go on to realise their full potential. Today's event was not only a great fundraiser for the charity, but also a showcase of all that is great about our young people, to counter so much reporting only on the negative side of life. If YLF President Clive Emson had asked me to bring my boots I'd have joined in the match – perhaps next year?'

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