BWCT hockey teams do the double

Success for Bolton Wanderers Community Trust teams at recent Premier League 4 Sport competition

Hockey teams led by the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust are celebrating doing the double, after both the male and female teams came out on top at the recent Premier League 4 Sport tournament.

Hosted by the Premier League, England Hockey and Sport England the tournament saw teams of 14 and 16-year-olds from across the country compete at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

A total of nine football clubs took part in the event, including the likes of Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Wigan Athletic.

Elliot, a member of the winning boys’ team, said: “I like playing hockey as I didn’t really enjoy playing football at school. I feel like I have made a lot of good mates playing this sport. It is very cool playing on this surface.” 

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.”

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.”

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