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Owls support EFL Week of Action

24 January 2023

The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme showcased their excellent work around the city last week as part of the EFL’s Week of Action.

The annual event is an opportunity for clubs to promote their vital programmes surrounding health, inclusion, wellbeing and education.

The Owls’ charitable arm hosted several classes across Sheffield, with a few special guests in attendance throughout the week!


SWFCCP kicked off with a celebration event for the participants of their Active Owls Programme.

Active Owls sessions have been running for the last 12 weeks in partnership with the Limbrick Centre (NHS), focusing on support for those struggling with early signs of psychosis.

The programme, based at Hillsborough, combined tailored exercise sessions and healthy cooking workshops delivered by the club’s Executive Head Chef, Rob Cox.

The sessions have proven a huge success and thanks to the dedicated team at SWFCCP will be continuing beyond the initially planned 12 weeks and well into the future!

On Tuesday, SWFCCP visited Wetherby Young Offenders Institute to speak about youth crime with a group of convicted young people, as well as providing them with football enrichment.

Through the group sessions, Peer Researchers from Sheffield and Bradford aimed to understand more about why the young people committed their crimes, what could have been done to prevent them, and encouraged the group to use their experiences to tackle youth crime.


There was a treat for children at Greengate Lane Academy on Wednesday as Darren Moore paid the youngsters a visit to take part in an anti-racism workshop.

The Owls manager spoke to children about the importance of inclusion and referenced his own experiences throughout his playing and managerial career.

Academy graduates Rio Shipston and Bailey Cadamarteri also visited SWFCCP’s Alternative Provision students for a Q&A session, player statistics quiz and a creative writing workshop!


The Alternative Provision programme uses the power of football to re-engage learners who have otherwise struggled in traditional education.

On Thursday, post-16 education students visited the Jubilee Sports and Social Club on Claywheels Lane to observe an academy training session.

The students were then tasked with delivering their own training session based on what they had observed.


The week was rounded off with another guest visit from first teamers Ben Heneghan and Michael Ihiekwe who joined a number of schools for a football tournament at the Jubilee facility.

The pair met youngsters, signing autographs and posing for photos, before handing out medals to the winning team.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Week of Action! To get involved, or for more information about SWFCCP’s brilliant work, please CLICK HERE.

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