Jacob Brown Named Sports Participation Ambassador

Barnsley Football Club’s Jacob Brown has enhanced his support for Reds in the Community by becoming the Charity’s Sports Participation Ambassador.

The 21-year-old has committed to the role for the 2019/20 season in a bid to further support Reds in the Community.

Jacob has already taken part in two Reds in the Community player appearances this season.

He joined his Reds’ teammates in August as the Summer Soccer Camps played host to a signing session and recently met pupils at Meadtead Primary Academy for a question & answer session.

Jacob spoke about why he came forward for the role of Sports Participation Ambassador.

He said: “I wanted to get involved because it’s great to get kids involved in any sports whether its in school or out of school. It’s a great thing to do out of school because it keeps you off the streets. You never know what could come of it. You could find a new hobby or really excel at something.

“It’s a great aspect of the job. When you’re playing on the pitch and you’ve got fans, it’s great to give back to them. When you’re a role model you can really affect how they are growing up. To do something like Sports Participation is good because you can get them involved with sport and it’s something they enjoy.”

In this role, Jacob will become the face of the Sports Participation aspect of Reds in the Community’s work.

This will include backing weekly sessions such as Friday Coaching Club and Saturday Coaching Club as well as Soccer Camps, Saturday Matchday Club and the Premier League Kicks programme.

He will also step up his support for Reds in the Community’s in-school programmes including Premier League Primary Stars, lunch clubs and after-school clubs.

Sports Development Officer Kieron Campbell is looking forward to working closely with Jacob over the remainder of the season.

He said: “It’s fantastic to have a key player like Jacob come on board and be supportive of our work in the community. He’s going to be a role model for the young people that we already engage with and hopefully it’ll support the growth of the programmes as well.

“It’s always great to see anyone from the first team, a lot of the players do get involved. Jacob has done a couple of school visits with us and he’s fantastic with the children. As soon as he walks in, you can see in their faces that it lightens up their day. He loves giving back to the community and getting young people involved with sport and with Reds in the Community.”