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Yorkshire star trains with homeless people ahead of charity fund-raiser

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale during the event
Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale during the event
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The group of young people who took part in the training session with Gale
The group of young people who took part in the training session with Gale
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Gale attended the event to support the work of Centrepoint, who work to help young homeless people in Yorkshire
Gale attended the event to support the work of Centrepoint, who work to help young homeless people in Yorkshire
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Yorkshire club captain Andrew Gale recently took part in a training session alongside homeless people as part of the build-up to a fund-raising event to support Centrepoint that takes place next month.

It was held one month before the event which will see Gale's team take on rugby union and rugby league players in The Ultimate Sports Quiz, which is a new event set up to support Centrepoint, the leading charity for homeless people between the ages of 16 and 25.

Gale's team will test their brainpower against teams from Yorkshire Carnegie and Yorkshire Rhinos and John Inverdale will play the role of quizmaster.

The event is at Headingley on 8th September and fans are being urged to register their own teams and compete alongside the stars.

All of the money raised will go to help Centrepoint continue their work with more than 200 homeless young people in Yorkshire, providing much-needed accommodation and support to help them turn their lives around by gaining essential life skills, tackling mental and physical health issues and moving into education or employment.

The training session offered an opportunity for cricketers to meet young people who have experienced homelessness, like 21-year-old Jordan, who left home at the age of 16.

"I've had to sofa surf and sleep rough, my parents couldn't handle me and what I was getting up to when I moved out five years ago," he said.

"I think youth homelessness used to be a real problem in Yorkshire but things have changed since Centrepoint came here.

"They've really helped me, they helped me get a job in security, they're helping me move on into my own home."

Gale said: "We came here today to learn a bit more about Centrepoint ahead of the sports quiz in September.

"Youth homelessness is something we see in the city, particularly at night and it's fantastic that we are able to do what we can to reach out to these young people.

"I think sport is a really good way to do that, you could  see that today from the way young people have engaged with the session so far - they're really enjoying themselves and hopefully it will give them the confidence they need to kick on."

Anybody interested in registering a team should contact Faye Edmondson via email ([email protected]) to put your team against Yorkshire's finest for just £60 per head.

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