Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S)
The Premier League 4 Sport programme has just completed its eighth year of operation, and has developed over those eight years from offering just four sports to up to 12.
The programme is aimed at engaging young people currently in the age range of 11 – 25 years who may not have experienced some of the sports, or who have left a sport in their teens.
The offer of sport is through a series of satellite clubs attached to a ‘hub club’, which is one of the local sports clubs who the National Governing Body (NGB) agrees is suitable for the role.
Although the primary aim is to engage young people into sports they have never tried before, or re-engaging them back into sport, the ultimate desire is to transition people into the main hub clubs where they can continue to develop in the sport and competition.
The sports on offer from MFC Foundation through local clubs are Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Golf, Basketball, and Netball. Each club is required to establish four satellite clubs, usually in secondary schools but can also be in colleges, universities and even community centres.
Transition into the main supporting club should be gradual and where possible supported by having somebody at the club who will look after the new recruits, ensuring that they are made welcome and will stay.
There are opportunities for people of all ages within the programme to become volunteers, sports leaders or develop beyond that into recognised sports coaching awards at Levels 1 and 2.
In some cases at the appropriate age they may get the opportunity to become a sports coach apprentice, go on to further education or gain employment.
Competition is key to the success of the programme and Middlesbrough works alongside other clubs in the North, including Newcastle, Sunderland, Hull, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds and Sheffield United.
In addition to attending regional and local events there are a complete range of National Events that we can enter teams into, and in July 2017 we sent a team of young people down to Roehampton to compete in a Tennis event. The Lawn Tennis Association followed this on with tickets for Wimbledon to watch the high-class tournament featuring some of the world’s best players.
With the opportunity to be rewarded with tickets to see Middlesbrough play at home games for significant improvement, or a high level of volunteering, the ultimate event is the Annual Regional Awards Evening with all of the clubs competing for recognition in what they have achieved.
For further details contact Alan Cawthorne project coordinator on 07760162758 or via email on Alan.Cawthorne@MFCFoundation.co.uk