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Eagles Foundation team up with DESA to invite youth programme participants to 1895 Cup Final at Wembley Stadium


The Eagles Foundation, in collaboration with community partners Darnall Education and Sports Academy (DESA) and Street Games, are taking 20 young people from the city on a trip to Wembley Stadium to watch the Eagles Men take on Wakefield Trinity in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final as part of the Foundation’s youth inclusion programme.

The Foundation’s youth sessions provide young people across the country with meaningful activity on evenings, weekends and during school holidays, in safe and inclusive environments, with the aim of reducing instances of anti-social behaviour.

Since the programme began in 2023, the Eagles Foundation have so far provided over 100 hours of youth inclusion provision in Darnall, engaging hundreds of young people with the sport of rugby league, often for the very first time. The most engaged participants from the weekly sessions have been invited on the Wembley trip, where the Eagles will be looking to become the first club to win the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup twice. Regular participants from DESA’s multi-sports sessions at the English Institute of Sport, where the Foundation have delivered regular rugby league activity, have also been invited been invited to cheer on the Eagles in the capital. Thanks to providers of the match tickets for DESA members, Street Games - who aim to transform lives in underserved communities using the power of sport – young people making the trip to London from the Steel City will also get to soak in one of rugby league’s showpiece events, as Wigan Warriors take on Warrington Wolves in the Betfred Challenge Cup Final.

Eagles Foundation Inclusion lead, Jack Pemberton, said: “The Foundation are delighted to be working with DESA and Street Games to invite young people from the city to Wembley. It’s fantastic that we can work together and collaborate to give our community these experiences and create memories for life.”

“Wembley Stadium is a special place to anyone who follows sport, and children up and down the country watch their sporting heroes – in all sports – playing and competing at Wembley, and they grow up hoping that one day they’ll get to go themselves. Playing a part in making that dream come true for kids from Sheffield is something we’re really proud of.”

“We’d like to give a huge thank you Kam and Abdul from our community partners at DESA for their continued support and to Street Games, who have arranged tickets for the young people from DESA. It’s going to be a brilliant day regardless of the result, but we’ll be right behind the Eagles players and hopefully we’ll get to see them lift the trophy and bring it back to Sheffield!”