Date published: 26/04/2013
A youngster from Sunderland came face to face with his heroes when he became an official Barclays Premier League mascot for Sunderland FC last weekend.
Nine year old, Joshua Convery from Washington had “a great day” when he led out Sebastian Larsson for the match against Everton FC at The Stadium of Light on Saturday 20th April.
Joshua has been attending sessions at the Sunderland FC Barclays Spaces for Sports Flagship site in Washington twice a week for over a year and, being a big Sunderland fan, is proud to have had the opportunity to lead out his favourite team against Everton.
On the day The Black Cats grabbed a vital three points to lift them to the relative safety of 14th position in the Barclays Premier League after Sessegnon scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time to give Di Canio's men a priceless 1-0 win.
The opportunity came from The Barclays Spaces for Sports programme, which has built 200 community sports sites in partnership with the Football Foundation.
The programme uses sport to revitalise disadvantaged communities and tackle key social issues by helping young people develop a range of life and employment skills. It is part of Barclays community investment programme and wider Citizenship agenda.
Karen Quigley, Centre Manager at the Sunderland FC Barclays Spaces for Sports flagship site said, “The site is very proud of the benefits it brings to the local community. It is amazing that Barclays Spaces for Sports were able to give the fabulous opportunity of being a Barclays Premier League mascot to a football-mad participant at the Sunderland FC Flagship site.”
A Barclays spokesman said: “Barclays Spaces for Sports is pleased to have been able to provide this unique opportunity for Joshua to be an official mascot of the Barclays Premier League game between Sunderland FC and Everton FC. This is on way in which the programme supports the many thousands of participants at its 200 sites across the country.”
Joshua said, “It was a bit scary walking out in front of loads of people at the Stadium of Light but I am really pleased I had the chance to be an official Barclays mascot – it was a great day.”