Academy Manager features in Keep It Up themed Give Us An H
Huddersfield Town Academy Manager Mark Lillis is one of the feature interviews in Saturday’s Keep It Up themed Give Us An H.
In the final programme of the season, Town’s former player and caretaker coach spoke about the impact of the KIU campaign on the Club’s Academy.
Lillis, who took to his bike last season in aid of the charity, is proud of what the Academy has done to contribute to the cause.
“I have always said to Robyn (Deegan) that as an Academy we will do everything we can to help the campaign.
“I took a bunch of the Under-18s, which included Duane Holmes and Joe Wright at the time, up to Yorkshire Air Ambulance's base at Leeds Bradford Airport. Working in football can make feel like you’re in a bit of bubble and I wanted to show the lads another side to life. They were fantastic and I think it really hit home to them about what goes on.”
Mark also discussed his former teammates, which includes an interesting tale about Ian Robins, and he picks an illustrious best XI.
The other side to the KIU campaign is the money that it raises for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Fundraising Director Paul Gowland is currently on the Pedal 4 Pounds bike ride, but spoke with GUAH prior to his departure.
“Huddersfield Town is ‘The Yorkshire Club’ and we are the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and as a partnership we have helped make a massive impact in the county. We have used the money donated via the campaign to save lives. It costs £3,000 per mission and we do on average three missions a day and I would like to say a massive thank you to those people who have put their hands in their pockets and helped save lives.”
You can read both interviews in full in Saturday’s programme, which is available for £3 at the John Smith’s Stadium and £2.75 from PPG Canalside.
Saturday’s edition will also feature pictures and reaction from the Yeovil win; a look back at a famous Town player who wore the number 32 shirt and the key events that happened on midfielder Jordan Sinnott’s birthdate.
There is also a feature interview with the seven Academy players who recently received their first professional contracts.