Dream day for young Swans fan
29th January 2015
Swans fan Poppy Brown experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when she walked out alongside her heroes at the Liberty Stadium.
The ten-year-old, Llanelli, led out the Swans along with Ashley Williams for the Barclays Premier League fixture against Chelsea.
Poppy regularly attends football sessions at the local Barclays Spaces for Sports site at Penlan Community Leisure Centre, and was rewarded for the determination and commitment she had shown during training and matches.
Speaking about her experience, Poppy said: "I had a fantastic time at the Swansea match - it was great to meet all the players, ask them lots of questions and have my photo with them. My favourite player was Wayne Routledge."
The opportunity came from Barclays who have built over 200 community sports sites since 2004 in partnership with the Football Foundation.
Barclays Spaces for Sports is a community sports programme which uses the power of sport to help young people develop the confidence and skills they need, and revitalise disadvantaged communities. It is part of Barclays' commitment to 5 Million Young Futures - a goal to build the next generation of achievers by helping them develop enterprise, employability and financial skills.
As part of this scheme, Barclays chose the Football Foundation to deliver the award-winning £67m facilities investment programme which has developed 200 community facilities across the UK, that cater for a wide range of sports.
Paulette Cohen, Barclays Head of Global Programmes, said: "Barclays was delighted to be able to provide this unique opportunity for Poppy to be an official mascot of the Barclays Premier League game between Swansea City and Chelsea. It is great that the programme is able to reward just some of the 53,000 people who use our 200 sites across the country."