Everton in the Community’s Premier League 4 Sports (PL4S) programme is now in its fourth year, making a real difference to the lives of young people across Merseyside.
Following on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games, the PL4S programme now offers more opportunities for young people to develop their skills and now delivers eight sports on a weekly basis.
Everton in the Community is continuing to develop great opportunities for young people aged 14 and above, of all abilities to take part in judo, badminton, volleyball, table tennis, hockey, basketball, boxing and golf.
Excitingly, through the dedication and hard work coaching staff, Everton was the first Club in Premier League to exceed its aim of engaging with 2,500 youngsters. This target was achieved a year early than planned!
PL4S also has strong links with the governing bodies of the eight sports used in the programme and this had led to opportunities for local coaches to develop their skills and for young sports leaders in schools who are involved in the programme to receive sport specific leadership training.
In December 2010, the PL4S programme received a National Coaching Intervention Award at the Sports Coach UK.
Jackie Twort, Sports Development Manager for Everton in the Community said: “Through PL4S, there have been a number of opportunities for our participants to take part in regional and national competitions, including the Fred Perry table tennis tournament in London and a national badminton competition in Milton Keynes. Participants have had the opportunity to take part in a national virtual table tennis competition nationally which has so far engaged over 300 young people from the clubs.
"We have also competed regionally in volleyball and judo and are devoloping more varied ways for young people to compete."
Pictured: John Heitinga shows his talents with a table tennis bat against Darius Knight, British table tennis Olympian.