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Boro U23 Duo Hit The Fairway With PL4S
Boro U23 Duo Hit The Fairway With PL4S

Middlesbrough FC U23’s Jordan McGhee and Aynsley Pears visited Cleveland Golf Club in Redcar as part of our Premier League 4 Sport ‘Champions’ initiative.

The duo swapped boots for golf clubs and a pitch for the fairway as they took on participants on the PL4S program from Redcar & Cleveland College, and special needs group Redcar Education & Development (RED Ltd.)

They competed against the teams in a game of ‘Nearest to the Pin’, which put their chipping skills to the test as they tried to find the hole from over 50-yards away.

The pair handed over gift vouchers to the winners, before posing for photos and signing autographs with the excited golfers.

Premier League 4 Sport (PL4Sport) started in September 2009 and uses the power of professional clubs to inspire young people to get involved in different sports.

Run in partnership with Sport England, PL4Sport provides sessions for young people to try sports for the first time in the heart of their community.

MFC Foundation are visiting one satellite club a month across a number of different sports, and rewarding a select few from each club with awards determined by their coaches.

Last month, Jordan and Aynsley’s U23 team-mates Junior Mondal and Bradley Fewster visited Ormesby Table Tennis Club, taking on two of their PL4S participants in a series of ping pong challenges.

Young Boro goalkeeper Aynsley said at the event: “It was great for me and Jordan to come down and see the work the Foundation have been doing.

“It looks really good and the people who are involved seemed to really enjoy it. You can see that it has a positive influence on them so it was really good to be here, I enjoyed it!”

Scotland U21 international Jordan followed up: “It was great to see them all and put smiles on their faces. They looked like they enjoyed it, even with the cold, so it was great to see that.

“It was very cold but I don’t think it affected my swing at all, but it affected Aynsley quite a lot. The guys were quite good out there and I think he was probably the worst of the lot today!”

MFC Foundation’s PL4S Coordinator Alan Cawthorne said about the Boro youngsters’ visit to the table tennis and golf clubs: “We’re very grateful that Jordan and Aynsley, as well as Junior and Brad last month, gave up their time to see the work that we do with our local satellite clubs.

“The four of them looked like they enjoyed themselves competing in some of the little competitions, and they were all actually pretty good I must say!

“It’s a great way to kick off our PL4S Champions scheme, highlighting some of the individuals who have gone the extra mile on the program.”