New programme to help Sunderland children access sport

(from left to right) SAFC mascot Samson, Badminton England regional participation manager Kevin Hill, head of inclusion and Premier League 4 Sport at Foundation of Light Liz Barton-Jones and North East club support officer at England Boxing Matthew Williams
(from left to right) SAFC mascot Samson, Badminton England regional participation manager Kevin Hill, head of inclusion and Premier League 4 Sport at Foundation of Light Liz Barton-Jones and North East club support officer at England Boxing Matthew Williams
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MORE Wearside youngsters can hit the boxing ring or the badminton court thanks a new sport programme.

Premier League 4 Sport programme has agreed to a tie up with SAFC’s official charity Foundation of Light.

Through the Premier League 4 Sport programme, those aged 14 to 25 will be able to take part in modified versions of both sports in community venues in Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

Badminton is represented by Smash Up, a modern mix of school mates, bassline music and big hitting challenges that makes after school badminton court time a social hub.

Boxing is represented by BOX, a non-contact programme with the emphasis on physical fitness through pad work and partner work.

Modified versions of the sport have been chosen to give young people an opportunity to take part in informal settings without the need for more cumbersome or expensive equipment such as a boxing ring.

Representatives from Badminton England and England Boxing were guests at the weekend’s Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspurs match.

Liz Barton-Jones, head of inclusion and Premier League 4 Sport at Foundation of Light, said: “Foundation of Light are dedicated to giving everyone a chance to get involved in sport and are very proud to be able to expand our portfolio to include badminton and boxing. We’d like to express our thanks to both Badminton England and England Boxing for their help, and to the Premier League and Sport England for funding the programme.”

The Premier League 4 Sport programme was launched in 2009 to increase access to sports other than football.

With the addition of badminton and boxing, Foundation of Light now delivers eight sports as part of the programme including basketball, judo, golf, netball, table tennis and volleyball.

For more about what’s on offer, call 551 5191 or email info@foundationoflight.co.uk.