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Reach for the Stars

By March 27, 2015 March 23rd, 2016 Leeds Community News
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Continuing the legacy of Leslie Silver OBE, Leeds United Foundation’s Silver Stars Project is giving disadvantaged children across Leeds access to sports-related activities.


A charitable initiative has been set up in memory of Leslie Silver OBE, former chairman of Leeds United Football Club and renowned philanthropist, who passed away on 29th December 2014.


Through collaboration with Leeds United Foundation, Leslie’s daughter Hilary Curwen has conceived the Silver Stars Project, which aims to provide boots and equipment for disadvantaged groups and individuals throughout Leeds, enabling them the opportunity to participate in or develop their sporting ambitions.


To carry out the project’s efforts, the foundation will engage a network of contacts across the inner city – such as schools, grassroots football clubs and community organisations – who will refer young people for support based on a number of preset criteria. Those in need will receive the gifts of equipment, while the beneficiaries will be asked to stand as community role models and ambassadors, promoting the cause among their peers.


Leeds United FC will be lending support in the form of activities, including visits to grassroots clubs and schools, gift boxes, auctions, player visits and special community events. Boot swaps and kit banks will also be put in place; inspired by Leslie’s childhood memory in which his mother couldn’t afford to buy him football boots. Teams are encouraged to contribute any items that they have grown out of at the end of each season.


The friends and family of Leslie will be instrumental in supporting the endeavour, ensuring that his legacy lives on through those you can benefit from involvement with the foundation.


Hilary Curwen said: “I am delighted that Leeds Maccabi FC has already responded so enthusiastically and generously to my appeal for outgrown football shoes and kit, in support of Silver Stars. And I’m looking forward to developing and strengthening the relationship between the two in the future.”


For more information about the Silver Stars Project or to donate, visit