Teenagers in Shiregreen are being encouraged to become more active in weekly youth football sessions as part of a community sports initiative.
Funded by Sanctuary Housing, and in partnership with Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Energise Shiregreen is offering local young people the chance to take part in training sessions with The Owls’ coaches.
With the aim of making young people who don’t normally exercise develop a regular sporting habit, girls and boys aged between 16 and 19 are being encouraged to turn up and take part in the sessions on Tuesdays from 4.30pm to 5.30pm at Concord Sports Centre, in Shiregreen Lane.
Rates of children who are physically active across Sheffield are lower than the England average, according to Public Health England, but this programme aims to help change that.
Two volunteers will also be trained so they can maintain football community sessions long after those with Sheffield Wednesday end.
Energise Shiregreen forms part of Sanctuary’s wider Love Sport programme, in partnership with Sport England, which is taking place in four neighbourhoods across the country and aims to engage more than 2,250 residents in sport and fitness activities.
Sanctuary’s commitment to the five-year programme has been match-funded by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sport and activity sessions.
Melanie King, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, said: “Having a major football team like Sheffield Wednesday support Energise Shiregreen means Sanctuary can reach out to even more young people in the area, especially those who don’t normally take part in sport.
“We’re proud to be helping teenagers see the benefits of sport and fitness and hopefully this project will help them lead healthier lives for years to come.”
Isobel Dunn, Premier League coordinator at Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, said: “The football club was keen to get involved with this Sanctuary grassroots project as it creates opportunities for more young people to play sport in their community and nurture emerging talent.”
To find out more about the activities available through Energise Shiregreen, please email firstname.lastname@example.org; or join the discussion by following Sanctuary on Twitter and using the hashtag #LoveSport.