PL4S play Plymouth and Pompey
The Swans’ Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) project recently headed to the West Country to compete in a mini table tennis tournament.
Representing the Swans, the eight participants were chosen from participants who attend the project’s free table tennis coaching sessions at Cwmtawe School and Mumbles West Cross Country Community Centre.
The table tennis players took on individuals from both Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth before receiving a stadium tour of Argyle’s ground, Home Park.
In addition to the participants competing in individual table tennis matches against both Plymouth and Portsmouth, the youngsters enjoyed an array of fun events throughout the day including 2v2 football matches and competing on a table tennis arcade machine.
“It was a great day and a great experience for our participants to represent Swansea City AFC and to wear the kit to play against other Clubs,” said Craig Richards, PL4S’s Co-ordinator.
Funded by the Premier League Charitable Fund, Premier League 4 Sport aims to use the draw of Swansea City AFC and the Premier League to encourage more young people into sport.
Living up to its name, Swansea’s Premier League 4 Sport programme delivers coaching sessions for young people aged between 11-19, in four different sports including table tennis.
In addition to table tennis, the project focuses on hockey, tennis and basketball, and offers free (or affordable) weekly sessions at various locations across the local community for each.
“Four of the participants from this trip will now go on to represent the Swans at a national event in Birmingham on March 12th,” Craig continued. “Hopefully, this event will inspire more people to get involved with the project and its sessions.”