The UK’s first fully funded interactive sports wall launched in Sheffield this weekend, as part of a pilot project by Sport England and the Football Association.
Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, believes that this sports wall be a great asset to the city’s already thriving football community.
Cllr Lea said: “Sheffield is a big sporting city. It’s renowned for it nationally and internationally. It’s where football started and because of that, we have multiple football facilities across the city.
“It’s great to have the sports wall in the U-mix Centre, close to the city’s first football club, Sheffield United.
“This interactive wall is now part of the Sheffield football story, so I hope kids will come down and have a go at this fantastic interactive football game.”
Michael Hoenigmann, Owner and Director of Jupiter Play & Leisure Ltd, hopes his sports wall will encourage kids to become more active.
Mr Hoenigmann said: “The objective is to encourage more people into football, particularly those that are not into sports at the moment and encourage them to live a more active lifestyle.”
A player can download the application on a smartphone, collect one’s score and play with anyone from around the world.
“When you have structured games, there’s a lot of people standing at the sidelines and watching. We want to encourage people to do some exercise while they’re already outside,” Mr Honenigmann said.
“With this wall, those not into structured games could practice, build their confidence and play in a more structured sports environment in the future.”
The launch was a part of a Black History Month football tournament, hosted by Sheffield United Community Foundation.