Clegg enjoys kick about in Sheffield ahead of tough public meeting

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Nick Clegg has enjoyed a kick-about on a visit to an inner-city football project in Sheffield.

The Deputy Prime Minister met staff and youngsters involved in the Kickz scheme run by Sheffield United FC.

The DPM failed to hit the back of the net when he took part in a penalty shoot-out with the youngsters.

Around 600 children are currently involved in Kickz, which works to keep them occupied, off the streets and out of trouble.

Sue Beeley, head of community at Sheffield United, said: “This is all about building safer, stronger communities.

“A lot of the kids on this project come from very difficult backgrounds. We use sport, dance and music to attract the kids to our youth club.”

The project also has its serious side, educating the youngsters about guns and knife crime as well as assisting with school work and job applications.

It is funded by a range of organisations including the Premier League and Sheffield City Council.

Later Sheffield MP Mr Clegg took part in his first public meeting since last year’s General Election.

The event, hosted by the Sheffield Star newspaper, saw Mr Clegg face tough questions from voters about the Coalition Government’s policies.