- SWFC Community Programme granted £2,000
- Just Play sessions developed
- Young people to benefit from football sessions
The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme have been granted £2,000 from the Football Association’s Just Play programme to increase participation of young people playing football.
The Community Programme, the club’s charitable arm, operates in South Yorkshire and covers four key themes: education, social inclusion, health and wellbeing.
The Foootball Association’s Just Play programme facilitates community ‘kickabout’ sessions and works to tailor football around whatever suits the players. Thanks to the organisation, the Community Programme will now benefit from the £2,000 funding to develop their sessions at Concord Sport Centre in Sheffield.
Matt Bray, Social Inclusion Manager for the Community Programme, said: “Thanks to the Just Play grant we have been able to develop our weekly five-a-side league for teenagers living in the Firth Park and Shiregreen area, who don’t usually play organised football.
“The programme can now work with the young people to get them back into football to encourage both their playing skills and confidence.”
Jordan Burke, who regularly attends the sessions, said: “I stopped playing 11-a-side football a while ago and after coming along to the sessions with the programme I’m now looking for a Sunday side to get back playing regularly.”
More than 30 participants currently attend the sessions and cater for players of all levels and abilities. The programme is now encouraging more people to come and try out the football sessions.
Young people aged 16-19 can turn up and play at Concord Sport Centre every Tuesday, 4:30-6:30pm.
For more information please contact Matt Bray on 07904330801