Last month, Patrick Bamford donated £5,000 to a local Leeds primary school in order to help children access learning resources whilst at home during the national lockdown.
The Leeds United forward has been in form for his team as they reached the top flight of English football for the first time since 2004 and the love he has garnered from Leeds fans will have extended to his efforts off of the pitch too.
Beeston Primary School were the recipients of the generous donation and have put the money towards sourcing tablets for children to continue their education to the best of their ability whilst being kept out of school during the country's third lockdown.
"I’ve always liked to help out with the community stuff that every club does, I’ve always liked to help the kids," said Bamford, speaking to talkSPORT on Monday.
"With the pandemic it’s not been possible to go out to schools; I’ve done Zoom calls and things like that but when this most recent lockdown was announced, I was scrolling through Twitter and saw that kids were struggling and some kids around Leeds weren’t going to be able to have a proper education during lockdown because of their circumstances.
"It made me think, I was privileged through no choice of my own with my mum and dad putting me through a private education, but kids don’t actually have a choice over what education they get, so they’re kind of left out to dry and it’s not their fault.
"I wanted to try and help as much as I could, so I spoke to the media guys at Leeds and we had a chat about Beeston school, who I’ve worked with before. I spoke to the headmistress on Zoom and just asked her, ‘what can I do to help?’
“I offered to teach some classes on Zoom, but we just ended up doing a few messages instead. So we’re going to help them out in any way we can down the road. It was just something that felt right to do.”
The 25-year-old cited inspiration from Brighton & Hove Albion CEO Paul Barber, whose club donated £25,000 to local schools for the same reasons.
Author: Jake Wilkin