Derby County launch PL4S programme

Derby County launch PL4S programme

Derby County players showed off their table tennis skills as they kick-started their Premier League 4 Sport programme to get youngsters involved in sport.

The football club’s community trust signed up to the national programme, which aims to ‘break down barriers’ that prevent people aged 14 to 25 taking part in physical activities.

It does this by creating “satellite clubs” which provide links between schools and existing sports clubs and operate in a more informal manner, making the coaching “innovative and different” in a bid to entice them to come back to sport.

Some 23 satellite clubs, featuring table tennis amongst a number of other sports, will be set up in Derbyshire as part of the three-year project, with about £90,000 put towards the project.

Derby County skipper Richard Keogh said: “When I was growing up, football was my main interest but there weren’t many chances to try anything else and, as kids get older, playing sport can seem less desirable to them.

“Hopefully, it was good for the youngsters to see some of the players trying the sports, too, to make it more interesting for them.”

Pupils from Lees Brook Community School, in Chaddesden, were among those at the taster session at Derby County’s Moor Farm training ground.

Written by Russell Moore (November 19, 2013)

Russell Moore
November 19, 2013