Reece Ogazi, 14, is a student at Parrs Wood High School and has been playing badminton for the past two years. The badminton sessions were set up at the school in Didsbury as part of the Foundation’s PL4S programme and prior to this Reece had no experience of the sport.
Fulham PL4S club sent out an invitation to the London PL4S clubs to attend an end of season tournament at Surrey Sports Park. The invitation was accepted by Arsenal and a group of young players linked with Black Arrows Junior Badminton club entered.
Newcastle United Foundation in conjunction with the Premier League 4 Sport project organised an Olympic themed badminton festival for primary schools in Gateshead with the activities taking place at Joseph Swan Academy.
With the Olympics only a few months away, BADMINTON England’s chief executive, Adrian Christy, took time out of his busy schedule to visit badminton projects in the North West.
Selected young people aged 14-16 years from four different sports clubs in Manchester (volleyball, table tennis, badminton and basketball) were invited by Mr Justin Davies the Premier League 4 Sport Project Co-ordinator at MUFC, to be 'flag bearers' at the Europa League fixture at Old Trafford on Thursday 23 February.
Players and Community Trusts of Premier League football clubs have inspired close to 10,000 young people to pick up a racket and give badminton a swing in 80+ new satellite clubs, the Premier League 4 Sport initiative have revealed.