12 Days of RITC Christmas | Ryan Hedges Ambassador

In the lead up to Christmas Day, we will be looking back at some of the highlights of 2018 through the Reds in the Community 12 days of Christmas.

For day seven of our countdown, we go back to last month when Barnsley FC midfielder Ryan Hedges continued his brilliant backing for Reds in the Community by renewing his role as our Health Ambassador.

Ryan went above and beyond in his support of Reds in the Community’s health projects during the 2017/18 season, giving up countless hours of his time including attending evening sessions.

Alongside this, he still maintained his commitment to other player visits with RITC, including meeting children at schools and at our Oakwell Soccer Camps.

His unrivalled enthusiasm for promoting the work of projects such as Fit Reds made a huge difference both to participants and staff running the programme.

Ryan’s commitment and massive contribution to the local community also saw him end the season by being recognised as our PFA Community Champion of the year!

Ryan was looking forward to supporting the work of Reds in the Community again this season.

He said: “I’m very pleased. Obviously it’s nice to give back to the community and show what Barnsley in the community are doing. It’s always nice to receive an award at the end of the season. The job that we’re in is very special. When we can give something back we try to. Dropping into a few of the sessions to see the hard work and everything that was going on was really good and hopefully I can do that again this year.  We can take it step by step and keep moving forward. Hopefully we can keep growing the health organisation within Barnsley.”

Sean Margison, who ran a number of Fit Reds sessions last year in his previous role, joined Reds in the Community as a Health Officer in November.

Having been given an insight into Ryan’s influence, Sean was excited to continue working with the 23-year-old and spoke about his plans moving forward.

He said: “It’s fantastic. I delivered the session last year when Ryan came down. He couldn’t give up more of his time, we were basically telling him ‘it’s time to go home and you don’t have to stop for the whole thing.’ For him to achieve and get an award for his hard work last year was great. It’s great for the participants at Fit Reds to see the players come along and give their time up. It makes them feel part of the Club and part of the community. Hopefully when people realise he’s on board again, that should help numbers for when we re-launch Fit Reds in the new year.

“We’re looking to get Fit Reds up and running again when we get to mid-January. We’re looking to get the Fit Reds Vets more sustainable. We’re looking to set up an indoor cycling group and a walking group – they’re the projects in the near future.”

For more information on Fit Reds or other RITC health initiatives, please contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.

If you would like to join the Fit Reds campaign, fill out the online application form HERE.

Reds in the Community 12 Days of Christmas so far:

Day One – EFL Day of Action

Day Two – Emma Blackery NCS Visit

Day Three – John McCann Visit

Day Four – Lucy Turner Ambassador 

Day Five – EASI World Cup 

Day Six – World Autism Awareness Week