Official energy partner making difference to the community.


The Leeds United Foundation visited Thorner Primary School to deliver a lesson teaching young people about the importance of energy around the home and in the body, as part of an innovative education programme developed in partnership with Utilita Energy.

The ‘Power of Sport’ programme is delivered in schools across Leeds and West Yorkshire to educate children about different types of energy and how diet and exercise are connected to physical health and wellbeing.

Utilita is Leeds United’s official energy partner and main sponsor of the club’s junior kit and has pledged to donate £2 to the Leeds United Foundation for every children’s shirt sold, to fund community programmes such as the ‘Power of Sport’ and support the city’s grassroots clubs.

Pupils at Thorner Primary School in Leeds enjoyed a session delivered by Leeds United Foundation tutor Matt Everett, who explained what kinetic and thermal energy is, how sport is related to energy and how energy fuels the body, through various practical and theory-based activities.

The year four students were also asked to design a special poster to demonstrate their learning from the session. The pupils’ posters will now be judged by the Foundation and Utilita with the lucky winner receiving the prize of a family ticket to an upcoming match at Elland Road.

Leeds United tutor, Matt Everett, said: “It’s been great delivering the ‘Power of Sport’ programme and through exciting educational tasks and activities, we have been able to help pupils understand different types of energy and how it is present in our everyday lives.

“The children have really embraced the sessions, showing great enthusiasm to learn both the theory behind energy and experiencing first-hand the impact it has on their own bodies.”

Head of Commercial at Leeds United, Stuart Dodsley, said: “It was fantastic to visit Thorner School to experience the ‘Power of Sport’ programme in action and to see both the quality of the sessions and the receptiveness of the pupils.

“We are proud of the relationship the club has with local schools through the Foundation and to see the ongoing levels of engagement is extremely rewarding.”

Jem Maidment, Director of Marketing and Communications at Utilita, said: “It is terrific to see the positive impact and success of the ‘Power of Sport’ programme and how well it has been received by pupils and teachers across West Yorkshire.

“The work that the Leeds United Foundation is carrying out in the local community is incredibly important and thanks to the fans who have bought junior shirts, we are able to continue working closely together to provide support and opportunities for future generations across the city and further afield.”

Utilita is a principal alternative to the Big Six energy companies and the UK’s leading provider of smart Pay As You Go energy.

For more details or to sign up your school or child for the Utilita ‘Power of Sport’ programme, email the Foundation at foundation@leedsunited.com or call 0113 367 6307.