SHEFFIELD Wednesday captain Rob Jones was on hand to launch a new football workshop for kids in Sheffield, called ‘On Target’.
The scheme, a joint partnership between the npower Football League and Sheffield Wednesday, aims to tackle anti-social behaviour in youths through football.
The community initiative was launched last week at Winn Gardens and saw Wednesday skipper Jones give a pep talk, encouraging young people between the ages of 8-16 to get off the streets and get involved in a kickabout amongst their friends.
Speaking about the initiative, Rob said; “Growing up, football was an escape method, a reason to get up and out of the house to do something I enjoyed doing every day.
“When I was young I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in life – now I’m the captain of my childhood team, which just goes to show that hard work can pay off.
“npower are doing a great thing by sponsoring the ‘On Target’ sessions and giving kids the chance to do something with themselves.”
Clare McDougall, from npower, added: “We’re delighted to be working with Sheffield Wednesday, to bring the young people of Sheffield the opportunity to take the right step forward and get involved in these fun yet engaging football workshops.
“Following the success of the programme in Grimsby last year, we’re confident we can make an equally positive impact in Sheffield by reducing youth related anti-social behaviour.”
The sessions will be running at Winn Gardens every Friday from 4pm until 7pm.