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Premier League 4 Sport launch this Wednesday

  • 09 April 2010 15:07
  • Posted by Damaris Treasure

Manchester City is the latest Premier League Football Club to launch the groundbreaking £3.8 million partnership with the Government offering young people the chance to get involved with Olympic sports.

Five first team players will join Olympic athletes and club officials for the launch event on Wednesday 14th April at the City of Manchester Stadium, which is open to the public from 3:30pm.

This is your opportunity to have a go at badminton, judo, table tennis or volleyball alongside Moonchester and Moonbeam, City legends and City Ladies Captain Charlotte Farrell and Northern Ireland International Kim Turner amongst many other special guests. No previous experience is required and there will be games and competitions for the whole family.

CITC are linking up with community sport clubs to help attract young people in their local areas to offer them the chance to get involved in badminton, judo, table tennis and volleyball. There are currently over 350 participants every week across all four sports.

“The Premier League 4 Sport project offers young people the opportunity to get involved in the top end of sport. The project provides fun interactive session that are challenging and have first class coaching, these young people will get the perfect experience to just come down and play and also given a pathway to excellence, said Stephen Everall, project coordinator.

“Manchester has thousands of budding young athletes and we are certain we can help them evolve through this the project and raise awareness of all 4 sports.”

The initiative will help the Government’s ambition to offer young people five hours of sport a week, as part of its 2012 legacy plans. It will also address the drop-off in sports participation when young people leave secondary school.

Working with the sports governing bodies, the Youth Sport Trust and Sport England, CITC, along with the other Premier League clubs, aim to get 25,000 young people, aged between 11 and 16, to join local sport clubs in the four Olympic sports during the three year scheme.

Manchester City will be linked to four community sport clubs in the North Manchester, East Manchester and Tameside area. These community sport clubs will be linked to over 15 secondary schools in the area creating a total of 320 satellite clubs.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore launched the ‘Premier League 4 Sport’ scheme earlier this year.

For more information contact Stephen Everall on 0161 438 7711 or e-mail citc@mcfc.co.uk

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