Leeds United are set to hold an open training session to raise money for Mission Christmas, according to an update in the last 48 hours.
The Lowdown: Preparing for action
The Premier League side return to domestic action when they face Manchester City on December 28, but are first preparing for their final two mid-season friendlies against Real Sociedad (December 16) and Monaco (December 21).
The Whites last put on a public event like this for supporters over a decade ago, but faithfuls are now being given another chance to watch their team in action like they’ve never seen them before.
The Latest: Leeds to host training session
According to The Daily Mail, Leeds have ‘invited fans’ to an ‘open training session’ taking place at Elland Road on Tuesday evening (December 20) to raise money for charity.
Crowds are expected to turn up in their ‘thousands’, with ‘donations’ made on the night to be given to children’s fund Mission Christmas.
Activities are set to include a 360-degree photo booth, face painters, a popular balloon modeller, club legends playing dizzy penalties and meeting fans, as well the club’s mascot Kop Cat making an appearance.
The Verdict: Relationship builder
Leeds have had a difficult opening to the season, with just four wins from 14 leaving them two points above the relegation zone so they need to start picking up results to distance themselves from the bottom three.
The atmosphere created at the stadium on matchdays is already magnificent though, and this session will give supporters the chance to build an even stronger relationship with the players moving forward.
Jesse Marsch’s side will need everyone behind them should they want to push on in the second half of the campaign, and this event is the perfect place to begin.