After launching the Premier League 4 Sport Project (PL4S) in 2013 over 200 new participants have taken part in the multi-sport initiatives delivered in the North of Sheffield.
The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme recently hosted a table tennis event, giving local youngsters the opportunity to compete against participants from the Middlesbrough Foundation PL4S, before the recent fixture between the two sides on 1 March.
The event saw over 30 participants take part in singles and doubles matches between the two clubs.
SWFCCP where represented by participants from Ecclesfield, Forge Valley, Yewlands and Longley College who all played in good spirit.
Volunteers from both organisations were on hand to help officiate and support the day.
Matt Bray PL4S manager of the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme said:
“The day has given our lads the opportunity to represent Sheffield Wednesday against Middlesbrough at Table Tennis and provide them with a high standard of player to test themselves against, and we would like to thank Middlesbrough for making the trip to Sheffield.”
Tom Bunce, aged 17, from Chapeltown stated: “I’ve got back into table tennis after losing interest for a few years and now look forward to taking part in the PL4S sessions at Concord Sport Centre.
Owls ace Michail Antonio, who is also a dab hand at table tennis himself said: “It’s great to see young fans from different clubs coming together in this way.
“There are so many positives to come from getting kids into schemes like this and the Premier League 4 Sport Project is already benefitting so many people.”
The event finished with Middlesbrough Foundation victorious, winning nine team fixtures out of 12. However all participants received a ticket for the game in the afternoon with Owls fans going home happy with a 1-0 win!