Lord Cole Hails Positive Community work of the Premier League

Lord Coe, chairman of the British Olympic Association and architect of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has hailed the positive work done by Premier League clubs in their communities, particularly with respect to sports participation.

Writing the introduction for the Premier League Creating Chances 2012 report, released today, Lord Coe said: ‘The Premier League is to be applauded for ensuring that thousands of young people will get their opportunity to participate in sport. For years the Premier League has been delivering in the area of sports participation and they, like me, are heartened to see that in 2012 this issue moved higher up the agenda for Government.’

Lord Coe went on to elaborate on the breadth of community work that Creating Chances projects cover:  ‘It’s not just about sport. In this document are some powerful examples of partnership having an impact on young people in these shores and afar: Kickz with the police, Premier Skills with the British Council, Reading Stars with the National Literacy Trust, over 80 community projects funded by the Premier League Professional Footballers’ Association Community Fund. And that’s just the League; you now have the likes of Liverpool and Sunderland acting as lead agencies in their city for men’s health and family learning. Professional football is now a recognised best practice provider of social development.’

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said: ‘The Premier League, like most sports bodies, is not a recent convert to the power of our players, clubs and activities to engage. The focus on sport during 2012 has put the role and ability of organisations like us to deliver across a range of areas right back in the centre of the political debate and the public’s mind. We are proud of the facilities being built and the practitioners whose drive and professionalism is making a real difference to thousands of young people from all backgrounds throughout the country.’

The 64-page report details the work that the Premier League clubs deliver at the heart of their communities in five key areas: community cohesion, sport participation, health, education and international. Over the past year, 843 club projects have been active under the Creating Chances banner, engaging 541,750 individuals in the process. These people attended 4.14 million times – an average of 7.6 attendances per individual.

UKVMA Meet at Cardiff City FC Tuesday 12th March 2013

Please make a note in your diary that the next UKVMA meeting will take place on:

Tuesday 12th March

at Cardiff City FC



10.00  Registration and coffee
10.30  Neil Levett – UKVMA house notes / updates etc
10.45  SGSA – Spectator safety – an SGSA perspective on opportunities and challenges
11.30  Michael Cunnah – Stadium Manager software
12.15  Balfour Beatty Workplace
12.30  Lunch
13.15  MottMac – Andrew Walsh – Thoughts from a transport perspective
14.00  NCR Tom Bell
14.15  Populous – An insight into how Venue Managers need to accommodate sponsorship
15.00  Cardiff City FC – Tour of Stadium

please email info@jordansportspartnerships.co.uk if you would like to find out more or book a free place at the event.