Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme and Sanctuary Housing have partnered up to run a football tournament at Concord Sports Centre as part of the Premier League Kicks campaign.

The tournament ran as a community cohesion football tournament and to also coincide with the dark nights – getting young people together from the area of Shiregreen, and from other PL Kicks sessions to come together to take part in a competition against one another,

Our aim was to break down community barriers, whilst giving young people something to do during the October Half Holidays during the dark nights, rather than potentially gathering on the streets.

We invited Anthony from Always an Alternative, the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police down also to deliver some brilliant workshops to the young people about staying safe when being out during this time of the year. Anthony also delivered an interactive workshop to all the young people around firework safety.

SWFCCP’s tournament and safety teachings for our young Owls!

Anthony commented: “It’s a great project. Bringing education and activity together to enable young people to learn about the dangers of fireworks and bonfire night while they enjoy playing football. Well done to all that made this a success!”

Paul Hebda, our SWFCCP Inclusion Officer, said: “The tournament was a huge success, with around 60 young people coming together from the Shiregreen area as well as different areas around Sheffield such as Tinsley and Parsons Cross to take part; This helped to support to break down community barriers between different post code areas.”

“A huge thank you to Melanie King from Sanctuary Housing for supporting with funding for the event and allowing for such a great and positive opportunity for the young people.”

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