PLAYING FOR SUCCESS 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

The national Playing for Success (PFS) initiative celebrates its ten year anniversary this year. Pupils from Avonmore Primary School attending the programme at the Chelsea Hub, joined over 300 young people aged 9-14 at the Brit Oval, for a day of innovative educational activities at the Southern Region Ten Year Celebration Event.

Over 21 centres attended the event, including: Arsenal FC; All England Lawn Tennis Club; Brentford FC; Brighton & Hove Albion; Chelsea FC; Colchester United FC; Crystal Palace FC; Essex County Cricket Club; East London Gymnastics Centre; Kent County Cricket Club; Leyton Orient FC; Millwall FC; Southend United FC; Surrey County Cricket Club; Tooting & Mitcham FC; Tottenham Hotspur FC; Watford FC; Wembley and West Ham United FC.The students were welcomed by Club mascots and wore club colours, making for a very bright display.

The children joined groups from other clubs to take part in a range of enjoyable and fun workshops, creating a fashion outfit, literacy buzz words; dance workshops; cricket coaching; podcasting; and video and image manipulation.

PFS is a successful partnership between the Department for Children Schools and Families, local authorities and successful sporting venues, ranging from football clubs to ice hockey rinks and rugby clubs. The project aims to motivate young people to improve their skills and enjoyment of learning during after-school sessions. The event showcased how well this mix of education and sport has continued to evolve and grow for over 10 years.

"It was an excellent opportunity for the Southern Region PFS centres to celebrate ten years of motivating young learners," said Chelsea's PFS Manager Dana Boisen. "It was rewarding to see the interaction amongst the various clubs' participants. The students from Avonmore Primary School had an excellent day out and learnt many new skills."

The day was rounded off with a Nintendo Wii tennis tournament, compered by Cricketer Mark Butcher. Watford FC's Damien Francis, Lewis Spence, from Crystal Palace FC, and Surrey County Cricket Club's Jonathan Batty played with their young partners to provide a thrilling end to the day. Cricketer Mark Ramprakash announced the raffle winner and every child went home a winner, with a bag full of goodies and memories of a great fun day out - learning at its most inspired!