The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme has unveiled exciting plans which will propel the charitable arm of the football club to a new level.

Plans have been submitted to Sheffield City Council for the SWFCCP to build on a 5.2 acre site on Penistone Road, Sheffield. The land was recently purchased by the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme from City Estates.

Under the planning application proposals, the site will be transformed from a near barren industrial area to an unrivalled, state of the art community facility holding proud status as the biggest and best of its kind in the country.

The proposals outline the build as a unique, family friendly facility based on the fundamental foundations of social inclusion, participation, education, job creation, sport, health, leisure and well being.

Key partners of the groundbreaking project include Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, Sheffield, carers to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy.

The extensive site projection also houses a healthcare centre and pharmacy, upskills centre, numerous classrooms, kids' zone, indoor and outdoor pitches and ancillary accommodation.

Simon Torr, Chairman of the SWFC Community Programme Board of Trustees and Chief Superintendent of Sheffield Police, said: "Sheffield Police fully supports the vision of the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme.

"This facility will be a superb asset to Sheffield. It will help young people develop both socially and emotionally, aid vital communication skills and improve self esteem, which in turn increases resilience, thus avoiding risks such as experimentation with drugs or involvement in crime.

"The primary aim centres on involvement in positive activities, leading to a reduction in anti-social behaviour and gang-related actions. In addition, the facility will provide alternative educational programmes designed to re-engage young people back into mainstream learning whilst maximising vocational opportunities."

The proposed development for the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme

Andy Gee of Axis Architecture said: "We are delighted to be assisting the SWFC Community Programme with their vision of a facility that we believe is without precedent in the UK.

"Axis Architecture is passionate about incorporating low-energy features and renewable technologies into the facility so it can stand firmly as a flagship for sustainable development and community-driven regeneration."

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood, added: "Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice is excited to be partnering with the SWFC Community Programme in the development of their new community facility.

"The SWFC Community Programme has supported the hospice for many years as they understand, and are committed to, the vital services we provide to children of South Yorkshire who will not reach adulthood.

"The facility will provide a meeting space for our parent and grandparent groups, a superb activity centre for the siblings and will give us a vital increased presence in the community we serve."

Should the planning application be successful, building will begin this summer, with completion set for the spring of 2013.

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