Junior Information PL4S Satellites
Here you will find out all about the junior hockey section and the 4 satellite centres that the club will be delivering at the different venues in Blackburn & Darwen, you can also see what opportunities are available to the juniors with training, games, tournaments, coaching & umpiring courses
The club were delighted to have been chosen to deliver junior hockey across East Lancashire by Blackburn Rovers Football club in an aim to increase participation, below explains all about the Premier League 4 Sport project
The innovative Premier League 4 Sport (PL4S) project started in September 2009 and has helped tens of thousands of young people get involved in sport in their local community.
Delivered by the Premier League, Sport England and the Youth Sport Trust and funded by a £3.8m partnership with the UK Government, PL4S sees Premier League Clubs acting as a hub linked to community sports facilities, which in turn are linked to local secondary schools to create satellite sports centres.
Each Premier League Club has a dedicated coordinator who works locally with the sports clubs and schools to maximise opportunities for young people
The scheme offers opportunities in Olympic sports of badminton, judo, table-tennis and volleyball and more than 27,000 have taken part in 9,000 new club and taster sessions, with over 80 new clubs being established across the sports.
With an additional £2m of investment to take the project through to 2013, it will enable PL4S to provide extra legacy to build on the 2012 Olympic Games in London as well as introduce four new sports – basketball, handball, hockey and netball.
PL4S has three main objectives:
Provide chances for young people to take part in sport outside school hours
Increase the diversity of sport
Improve the infrastructure and supporting links between schools and clubs
Feedback from young people at the sessions revealed why they participate in PL4S:
The Premier League brand name is a real draw
They like taking part in activities linked to their favourite football club
The sessions are timed well and fit in with other out-of-school activities
They provide opportunities to try new sports and have fun with friends
The coaching is innovative and different, so they want to keep coming back
The young leaders programme ensures they are getting involved in clubs and future coaches for each sport are being developed