Jack Harrison is lending his support to a new initiative that aims to promote opportunities for young people from disadvantaged communities.
The winger, who has just signed permanently for Leeds United and was instrumental to the club in securing promotion to the Premier League last season, has joined a roster of Premier League players and football legends backing Football for Change UK.
BBC sports pundit Gary Lineker, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander Arnold and Wolves captain Conor Coady are involved in the charitable project which supports disadvantaged young people in communities facing social and economic challenges.
The initiative, which is also backed by the likes of Steven Gerrard, Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher, will kick off this year with a variety of major fundraising events including a gala launch dinner planned for October.
Football For Change will distribute grants to organisations supporting young people, in the most deprived areas of the country, with a focus on helping them into education, employment and training.
Jack Harrison said: “Football For Change is a fantastic initiative that will do tremendous work to improve the lives of young people, in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK. I am proud to lend my support to it. The impact of the pandemic means that it is needed now more than ever.”
The initiative is being chaired by Swinton Insurance CEO Ian Donaldson.
The businessman added: “Football for Change is special. It is a unique and powerful collaboration between sports stars and business leaders who have come together to help young people who are facing hardship in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country.
“Our aim is to help them overcome the social and economic challenges they face to build better futures. Having personally experienced a tough upbringing, the aims of Football for Change are particularly close to my heart.
“I am incredibly proud to have helped launch this initiative and I am delighted that Swinton is playing a major role as founding partner. I am delighted that Jack Harrison is now part of it.”