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Owls 4 Sport

12 December 2013

The SWFC Community Programme has joined forces with Sport England and the Premier League to increase sports participation across the city.

Pioneering project Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) combines the appeal of football clubs with the knowledge of sports organisations; England Basketball, the English Table Tennis Association, the Lawn Tennis Association and the Amateur Boxing Association.

Using shared expertise, SWFC coaches will deliver weekly satellite sessions within local schools, colleges and community groups to increase participation amongst teenagers.

Owls’ midfielder Michail Antonio, a keen table-tennis player himself, hailed the new scheme.

He said: “It’s great that Sheffield Wednesday is working with so many high-profile organisations to give local kids the chance to try out sports.

Weekly sessions will take place at Forge Valley, Hinde House, Yewlands and Ecclesfield School in addition to both Longley and Hillsborough College.

PL4S Manager Matt Bray added: “PL4S uses the SWFC brand to give teenagers the opportunity to keep active and develop a lifelong passion for sport."

The PL4Sport programme will see an increase in investment allowing 34 professional clubs create 590 satellite sports clubs where tens of thousands of young people will enjoy 12 different sports.

It will also train 1,500 volunteers, deliver 450 competitions and see 2,500 sports qualifications gained.

Chief Executive of the Premier League Richard Sudamore said: “Our clubs have a fantastic track record in terms of investing in and committing to a wide range of good-cause and grass-roots initiatives.

"The increased investment in Premier League 4 Sport, along with the expertise brought in by our new partner Sport England, provides our clubs with the opportunity to take these projects to the next level and get more young people playing sport across the country.”

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