By Steve Hutton

A new community project to help kids get more involved in sport is being introduced at a local Sheffield primary school.

npower, sponsors of The Football League, have supported a new nationwide project called Home Team Heroes, whereby supporters vote for Football League clubs to run community programmes. Their aim is to help local children get more involved in sport.

Sheffield United fans and community members voted that The United Initiative (U&I), the Blades' community programme, should deliver a five-week coaching programme for four to six-year-olds at local Sheffield schools. The programme helps to build basic sport skills.

U&I staff are currently delivering coaching sessions at Stadbroke Primary School, Richmond, as part of Home Team Heroes.

Patrick Piearcey from the United Initiative said: "The npower programme is fantastic. It encourages all of the children to be involved and in doing so is a great way of developing fundamental movement early in a child's life.

"This can only be of benefit in the future, as the children feel more confident to engage in various sports. We are particularly pleased to be working with Stradbroke Primary School."

The sessions are being run with a group of Year 1 children, aiming to develop agility, balance and co-ordination through fun and inclusive activities. It also provides an ideal environment for children to improve their social interaction skills and build self confidence.

Martin Fallon, Head teacher at Stradbroke Primary School, added: "It has been a pleasure to work with the United Initiative on this project. The structure of the scheme has been perfect for our children, providing the right amount of support and challenge to enable them all to achieve success and make progress. We would love to have the project repeated on a regular basis!"

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