Burnley FC first-teamers and manager Sean Dyche took to the road yesterday for an afternoon out and about in the community.
Their day kicked off with the annual visit to the children’s wards at Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital, as the squad split in two and travelled to each hospital respectively.
Loaded up with bags of presents, the players spent time with the children and their families, signed autographs and stopped for photos.
The players donated cash themselves to fund the gifts and working closely with Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC), arrived at the wards with a mix of festive items, including plenty of Burnley FC items.
“It’s a nice thing for the players to play their part in the community. They do it all season, but I think it’s even better at Christmas,” said the Gaffer, who was a popular figure at the Royal Blackburn Hospital.
“We’re building on the work done by the Community team, led by Neil Hart, and he and his staff are doing a brilliant job.
“Sometimes footballers get done down a little, but they do some good things too and our players have a healthy respect for their profession and especially this side of it, when they can play a part in their community.”
Club captain Ben Mee led the contingent of players visiting the Lancashire Women and Newborn centre at Burnley, added: “It’s a nice time of year to give back and put some smiles on some faces.
“The club’s a massive part of the community, everyone’s enjoying it and you can tell by the vibes around the club. It just shows that we’re moving forward in the right direction and we want to keep on building that sense further.”
The players and manager then continued their busy afternoon as they then headed straight on to Turf Moor and to the Young Clarets Christmas party hosted by BFCitC.
Here the full squad and manager met with and signed the items of 250 very excited young fans.
Neil Hart, Chief Executive Officer of BFCitC said: “It was great to have the entire squad spend the whole afternoon out and about in the community. Once again, this team and our manager have shown that they set the bar when it comes to community work.
“That ‘one club’ feeling has never been stronger at Burnley FC and yesterday was simply another example of how the players, the manager, the club and BFCitC are working together to reach out to supporters and to the community as a whole. It was a fantastic afternoon, enjoyed by all.”