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Ash launches NPT basketball sessions

Swansea defender, Ashley Williams, was on hand to help the Club’s Community Trust launch its Premier League 4 Sport basketball sessions at a local NPT leisure centre.

Accompanied by former player and fan favourite Lee Trundle, the Swans’ and Welsh captain officially kicked off the project’s ‘Turn Up and Play’ sessions at a recent basketball tournament at the new Aberavon Leisure Centre.

Funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund, Premier League 4 Sport is a new project aiming to use the draw of Swansea City AFC and the PL to encourage more young people into sport.

“It was great for Ashely and Lee to show their support for PL4S,” added Craig Richards, the PL4S Co-ordinator. “At Swansea City AFC, we don’t just focus on football and there’s an array of other sports that we target which have been successful in the local community.”

As opposed to football, the project targets a different quartet of sports to appeal to a wider audience within the community. Focusing on hockey, tennis, basketball and table tennis, PL4S runs an array of ‘turn up and play’ throughout the local area.

“It’s very important to get them involved in sport in general,” said Lee Trundle. “It’s not just about the football side, it’s about the healthy living side and keeping fit, so whether it’s basketball, hockey or tennis, we’ve helped a lot of teams out. Different kids like different things, so to have sessions like this is brilliant for them,” he continued.

“With computer games and social media today, a lot of kids just sit at home whereas we were out playing and being active,” added Ashley. “With the obesity problems we’re looking at today, it’s very important that they get out of the house and play some sport,” he finished.

The tournament, played between teams representing each venue in the Neath Port Talbot area that PL4S runs sessions and marked the launch of PL4S’s basketball programme in the area.

“The Physical Activity Sport Service Neath Port Talbot has linked with the Community Trust to give boys aged 14 and over the opportunity to train and play basketball,” said Mark Napieralla, the Active Young People Co-ordinator, which helps deliver the new sessions.

“This is the first two weeks of the project and already we have over 30 attending our training and competitive opportunities. We hope that the clubs will continue to grow after the Christmas break,” he finished.

For a full listing of all the PL4S sessions in each sport click HERE. For more information, please contact our PL4S Co-ordinator, Craig Richards on 07884655128 or email him on

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