Bolton Wanderers FC crowned hockey Champions

Bolton Wanderers FC
On Tuesday 14 of June the Premier League, England Hockey and Sport England hosted a Premier League 4 Sport tournament for teenagers aged between 14 and 16 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

Bolton Wanderers FC did the double and were crowned boys and girls champions in this 7 a side tournament. Leicester City boys team came a close second as did the Wigan Athletic girls. Queens Park Rangers were awarded the sportsmanship award for how well they conducted themselves during the day. 

PL4S in action

Those taking part had the opportunity to play in a national hockey competition against sides representing other football clubs from across the country and also had the chance to witness top international hockey players in action during the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy.

Nine football clubs took part in the event, including Premier League Champions Leicester City, Bolton Wanderers FC, Notts County FC, Queens Park Rangers FC, Stoke City FC, Swansea City FC and Wigan Athletic FC.

Leicester City has only been running the scheme since January and has found hockey their most popular sport. "It is amazing playing here and we are so excited to watch India later."

Stoke City FC girls team shared with us why they play hockey; "We are all in different years at school so it is nice to play with people in different years together as a team." 

Elliot from Bolton Wanderers said; "I like playing hockey as I didn’t really enjoy playing football at school but I feel like I have made good mates playing this sport. It is very cool playing on this surface!" 

Dan Shingles PL4S

Great Britain athlete Dan Shingles said; "This is an amazing opportunity for these teenagers. Spreading the word of hockey to kids who may have never played before and to those who have, how fun our sport hockey really is. The premier league for sport scheme who are working with England hockey is great, the more kids we can get playing the more it will affect so many areas including internationally and participation numbers.'

Rich Beer Director of Development at England hockey said "The Premier League 4 Sport programme is run in partnership with Sport England and has engaged over 80,000 young people within their local communities since its launch in 2009. Hockey is one of the twelve sports on offer to young people through the Premier League for Sport programme and England Hockey are delighted to have welcomed players from Premier League and Football League clubs to take part in a unique small-sided tournament at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy.

"As part of our mission to create a nation where hockey matters, we hope that the players that participated in the Premier League 4 Sport Hockey Tournament thoroughly enjoyed playing at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre and find the opportunity to witness the best players in the world in action inspirational." 

PL4S

Siobhan Atkinson, Community Development Executive at the Premier League said "The Premier League 4 Sport programme gives young people, who may be interested in sport but not necessarily in football, the opportunity to work with their local football club. The programme sees Premier League and Football League clubs create satellite sessions aimed at engaging young people and giving them access to a vast array of sports, facilities and equipment by working with organisations such as England Hockey to deliver exciting opportunities, like the Premier League 4 Sport Hockey Tournament. This national tournament, held at such a great facility, will be an extremely memorable event for all of those taking part.”