Premier League Kicks is a youth outreach programme, which uses the power of football to connect with young people living in high need areas. The programme aims to create safer, stronger and more respectful communities through the development of young people's potential. 

 

By engaging young people in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, educational and personal development activities, communities in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan have been transformed with impressive participation rates and reductions in anti-social behaviours. 

 

Dan Partridge has been attending Premier League Kicks sessions for five years. 

 

“Premier League Kicks has had a huge impact on my life. I wasn’t doing a lot in terms of sport because I’d just come through surgery after breaking my ankle in four places playing rugby. I didn’t have much to do, so finding the Kicks sessions gave me my confidence back.

 

“My Dad found out about the programme through social media around the time I had recovered from surgery. At that point, my confidence was low and he mentioned that there were football sessions in Caerphilly, and said I should go along and see if I enjoy it. It’s been five years and I’m still here, they can’t get rid of me!

 

“Kicks means a lot to me, I didn’t have many friends before I started coming to the sessions but I’ve made friends for life here. The coaches are always friendly, always have a smile on their face and are always welcoming and they make you want to come back.

 

“I became more interactive with the coaches, I see them as friends now, and I have a more positive outlook on life.”

 

Dan has noticed the impact Kicks was having on reducing anti-social behaviour and deciding he wanted to give something back. He volunteers with the British Transport Police, accumulating 200 hours whilst leading groups of young people travelling on the rail network and talking to primary school children about the importance of rail safety. 

 

“I’ve seen a huge difference in anti-social behaviour since Kicks came to Caerphilly. It used to be scary going into town after six o’clock in the evening, because there would be groups of kids roaming around and it’s not nice. However, when there are projects like this it makes them think about what they’re doing, and gives them something to fill their time.”