Reds Trio Present Greenacre School Awards

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Three Barnsley Football Club players were special guests at Greenacre School’s annual achievement awards this afternoon.

Jacob Brown, Jake Greatorex and Matty Wolfe were joined by Cllr Steve Green, Mayor of Barnsley and associates of Greenacre, both past and present, in what was a great coming together in the local community.

Greenacre is a special school which cares for children and young people with severe and complex needs between the ages of 3-19.

Each year, the school celebrates the achievements of pupils and the fantastic work their staff carry out, with Headteacher Diane Greaves leading on proceedings.

Jacob, Jake and Matty joined the other special guests on stage in front of over 100 pupils and staff to present nominees and runners-up with certificates and trophies.

19-year-old Jake, who has been with the Reds since 2008, enjoyed his first ever player visit with Reds in the Community.

He said: “We’ve been handing out trophies at a presentation for various different awards. It was good to come into the community after training today and see a different aspect of what people do day-to-day behind the scenes. It was nice, especially being a local lad – I’ve been here years. Sometimes you don’t realise yourself just how happy and how special you can make someone else’s day just by doing something so small.

“I’m Barnsley through and through. It’s good to see how you can affect people in different ways in football and outside of football. Seeing people with smiles on there faces – it’s good.”

Greenacre Assistant Head Todd Cheetham was grateful to both the players and the other special guests who attended the annual event.

He said: “It’s been fantastic for our students. They really look up to the players at the Football Club. Many of them are fans. To have the Mayor here with other figures from the community just adds real weight to our celebrations for the students and staff of Greenacre.”