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More young people given the chance to get into sport

Sport England and the Premier League team up to engage young people across the country

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Maria Miller speaking

Tens of thousands of young people will be helped to find the sport that inspires them thanks to a new 3 year partnership between the Premier League and Sport England.

Top football clubs will work with Sport England and the sports organisations it supports to drive the expansion of two community initiatives:

Both the Premier League and Sport England will equally fund the initiatives with each committing £1.3 million per year to PL4Sport and £1.5 million per year to the new Kickz.

The announcement was welcomed by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who joined Olympic sprinter Adam Gemili, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore and Sport England’s Chair Nick Bitel at an event in a school in Brixton.

Maria Miller said:

This move will help us leave a real sports legacy from London 2012. Premier League clubs have great pulling power and this £17 million partnership with Sport England will encourage thousands of young people to try out different sports. It shows how the private and public sectors can come together to strengthen community sport across the country.

Lasting legacy

Sport England and the Premier league first combined in 2009 to create PL4Sport, which has already engaged 60,000 young people and created 320 of the clubs that formed the basis for the satellite clubs now being introduced across the country by Sport England and its partners.

Since 2006, Kickz has helped 71,500 youngsters to get involved in sport, targeting the hardest to reach young people from disadvantaged areas.

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Published 2 July 2013