Leeds United welcome virtual guests for Southampton fixture

Leeds United welcome virtual guests for Southampton fixture

Youngsters from Beeston Primary School act as mascots.

Leeds United welcomed some very special virtual guests for our fixture against Southampton on Tuesday evening from Beeston Primary School.

Due to an exclusive competition set by Patrick Bamford, who has been working with the local school over the last few months, 11 young students acted as our virtual mascots for the match with footage of the live Zoom call able to be seen by those in attendance on the big screen at Elland Road ahead of kick-off.

The youngsters taking part in the call were all using tablets that were recently donated by the Leeds United striker. Bamford wanted to play his part in helping to support those in the school that didn’t readily have access to necessary resources that would allow them to study online and continue with their education during the national lockdown.

Due to the current restrictions in place with regards to having supporters in the stadium, the virtual mascot experience has been created to give young fans as close an opportunity as possible to walking out of the tunnel with one of their Leeds United heroes.

Mrs Tidey, Deputy Headteacher at Beeston Primary School, said: “As one of the closest schools to Elland Road Stadium, over the years we have developed strong and special links with the club and the Leeds United Foundation.  We share the same vision for hard work, resilience and growth mindset and our work together has had a truly positive impact on pupils' attitudes to learning.  

“Our relationship with Leeds United has been strengthened even further over lockdown by the incredible generosity and kindness of Patrick Bamford. His words of encouragement and kind gestures have kept many people going through this difficult time.

“The pupils and staff at Beeston Primary School were honoured to be given this amazing opportunity. The evening definitely brought plenty of smiles, excitement and memories which will no doubt last for ever.”

Yosuke Ideguchi