Two former Football Unites volunteers have reached the final of a major TV talent contest!
Identical twins Francine and Nicola Gleadall from Sheffield, collectively known as The Twins, have been voted into the final three acts on the BBC1 show 'Your Country Needs You', which is looking for the act to represent the UK in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber will compose a song especially for the winning act to perform at the contest.
Nicola and Francine signed up as volunteers at FURD in 2007 and went on to attend an 'Introduction to Youth Work' course as part of our Positive Futures programme. FURD Positive Futures co-ordinator Simon Hyacinth helped the girls get started. "The girls were really interested in voluntary work, so we decided to enrol them onto a youth work course. They were really polite and well mannered and showed a lot of interest in youth work” he said.
The girls have now gone on to study English at Sheffield Hallam University.
The final of the contest takes place on Saturday 31st January with the remaining three acts performing live on BBC1 at 6.40pm. The viewers' vote will decide who will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow in May.