A FOSTERING service will be taking over Barnsley Football Club this Friday.

The Barnsley Council Fostering Service will be in and around the ground when the Tykes take on Shrewsbury to raise awareness for the need of more foster carers within the borough.

They will be handing out information leaflets in addition to being available to chat. During the the warm-up game, Barnsley players will also wear green Barnsley Fostering Service t-shirts.

Ian Leech, Barnsley Football Club’s Commercial Manager, said: “We believe football is about feeling part of a family and creating happy childhood memories.

"We’re delighted to be supporting the fostering team at Barnsley Council as they search for new foster families for local young people within our town and we look forward to welcoming the whole fostering family to the match on Friday.”

Rachel Dickinson, Executive Director for People, said: “Our aim is to keep our looked after children with foster carers within Barnsley. Being able to continue living in the same town allows Barnsley’s children and young people in foster care to go to the same school and keep seeing their friends and family members.

“Our links with Barnsley Football Club the past few years has really helped boost our awareness within the town. The club are always happy to help and we are grateful for their support.

"We’re hoping to speak to as many fans as possible who may be interested in foster care now, or even if it might be something they consider in the future, and of course, we’re hoping to see Barnsley win the game.”