Premier League Kicks participant Callum Gyde was named as Cardiff City FC's 'Community Participant of the Year' at the Club's official awards night on Sunday 6th May 2018. 

 

Following his amazing journey with the Foundation, Callum received his award from Vice Chair and Cardiff City FC Board Member, Steve Borley and Foundation Director, Gavin Hawkey. 

Callum's story was shared with the Club's hierarchy, staff, players, fans and friends at the awards evening, before receiving a huge reception when Callum picked up his award with his mum Margret, revealing that he had recently completed his first ever set of exams in school. 

 

Callum's hero, Callum Paterson was the first to congratulate him on his achievements as well as sharing photos and laughs with both Callum and Margret throughout the evening. 

 

Callum was also recently involved in our annual Foundation Day celebration against Nottingham Forest on 21st April 2018. As well as telling his story to our guests, he also got to meet his idol - Callum Paterson - and received a signed Paterson shirt presented by Upeng Tan, son of Tan Sri Vincent Tan. 

The Foundation's beneficiaries are at the forefront of what we do, Callum and Margret share their story with a room of partners, politicians and trustees, demonstrating the impact that the Premier League Kicks project and Cardiff City FC Foundation have had on their lives. 

 

The Premier League Kicks project has helped create huge opportunities for young people across South Wales since 2013. This is one of the many inspiring stories to emerge from the programme, which uses the inspiration of the Premier League and Cardiff City FC to connect with young people in high need areas. 

 

Callum had a tough time as a child; he was kicked out of school when he was just five years old for being disruptive. It turns out Callum had a part of his brain missing, suffered from focal epilepsy and was recently diagnosed with autism.

 

Margret has been bringing him to our Kicks sessions in Caerphilly for just over 12 months, and she has seen a huge development in his social skills in and out of school time.  

 

“He (Callum) absolutely loves Premier League Kicks, it’s one of the best things for the area and for him – especially with his disabilities. It’s keeping him fit and healthy and makes him feel like part of a team, he’s never judged by anyone as he has been in the past.”

 

The Cardiff City FC brand has been one of the main reasons for Callum attending the project and is outlined by his attire, wearing his Cardiff City kit with his favourite player's number on the back of his shirt.  

 

Everyone at the Foundation would like to congratulate Callum on his award and we look forward to supporting him as he continues his journey with the official charity of Cardiff City Football Club.