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Academy players donate their fines

Swansea City’s Under-18s players have donated their fines from the last six months of the 2014-15 season to the Gary Speed Trust Fund.

Academy players Owain Jones, Joe Rodon and Jack Evans handed over the cheque for £200 to former Welsh international and family friend Matt Jones, who helps raise money for the fund.

The Trust Fund was created by his parents soon after Speed’s tragic death in 2011.

Matt, who has run three London Marathons in Gary’s name over the last few years, has so far helped raise around £21,000.

“The under-18s have made a wonderful contribution into the Gary’s Trust fund.” He said 

“Their fines worth £200, will be put to good use.”

“Many small donations go towards Gary’s old football club, buying them football kits and charities who help children with disabilities in the area.

“Our friendship started twenty years ago when I moved to Leeds United.

“He took me under his wing and treated me like his younger brother, I played alongside him for Wales and those are wonderful memories.”

Swansea U18s Academy coach, Gary Richards added: “Each season our lads are fined for small things, like being late for training and other misdemeanours.”

“That money gets collected up every few months and we give them a choice of where to donate the fund.

“A few months ago it was to the Christmas shoe box appeal, this time they chose to donate to the Gary Speed Trust Fund, which I think is a wonderful gesture.”


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