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Community work praised

by Stuart Vose

Lord Coe launches new Creating Chances report.

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 foreword for the Premier League Creating Chances 2012 report, released today, Lord Coe singled Sunderland out for special praise, saying: 

“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.”

“In this document are some powerful examples of partnership having an impact on young people in these shores and afar: [the likes of] Kickz with the police, Premier Skills with the British Council, Reading Stars with the National Literacy Trust.

“Over 80 community projects are 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.” 

Chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore, added: “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.”