Redditch United Academy manager Wayne Mundon has committed to walk, run and cycle 2,021 miles this year for charity.

Wayne Mundon has committed to walk, run and cycle 2021 Miles in 2021 for charity, with the fundraising target of £5,000 in sight.

Wayne hopes to donate at least £2,500 to both Young Minds, and Mary Stevens Hospice, charities dealing with Mental Health and End of Life Care respectively, with both charities being close to Wayne's heart.

Wayne said: "Growing up I battled with bouts of anxiety and depression myself, and charities like Young Minds were not around.

"Since taking up my role at Redditch United, for almost a year now I have witnessed the decline of mental well-being in our junior players. Various lockdowns have placed a tremendous strain on them, with no football for large parts, which means most do not have the physical escape they once had.

"Added to that, constant re-jiggling of school and homeschooling, restrictions and not being able to socialise with their friends, has really made this year a tough one for younger people.

"(Additionally) I have a huge amount of respect and gratitude for the care that is provided at Mary Stevens Hospice. Over the years I have had many friends and family move into the hospice for end of life care, and the treatment provided has been outstanding. This, as well as Young Minds are very deserving charities for me to raise money for."

"Raising funds and awareness for these charities is really important to me, its driving me on and I really appreciate any support."

Wayne had completed 483.6miles as of February26, with 1537.4miles to go!

You can follow his journey, as well provide donations and messages of support via his GoFundMe page - click here

A spokesman for the club said: "All at Redditch United are tremendously proud of Wayne's efforts so far, and we will be supporting him all the way!"

  • Redditch United have announced a Community Partnership with West Midlands Police, which aims to inspire young people, as well as provide not only playing opportunities, but coaching and employment opportunities too. To kick-off the partnership, students from the club's Full-Time Football & Education Programme sat down with lead tutor Josh Wright to discuss their school life and upbringing, the struggles and challenges they've faced growing up, and how becoming part of Redditch United Football Club has developed them as a person. Northfield Constituency Schools & Young Person Link Officer, PC Matt Shakespeare said: "Redditch United FC Academy have put together a short video which shows the hugely positive impact this club can have on young people. Through partnership work between RUFC and myself, we hope to raise aspirations, instil respect, discipline and leadership and help support the young people of not only the Northfield Constituency, but further afield. A collection of fantastic interviews that highlight the concerns/worries and pressures on young people today, not to mention the added pressures of the pandemic. They are clearly motivated and dedicated players who can inspire future generations to come and I eagerly look forward to working closely with the club. My sincere thanks to all at the club."