Academy players donate fines to Gary Speed Trust Fund
8th June 2015
Swansea City's Under-18 squad have donated their fines from 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.
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 fund," he said. "Their fines worth around £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."
Under-18s 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 and this time they chose to donate to the Gary Speed Trust Fund, which I think is a wonderful gesture."