Cardiff City FC Community Foundation has launched a new initiative to support children in secondary education who are at risk of not achieving their full potential. 


On Thursday 23rd January, the Foundation launched its new ‘Premier League Inspires’ programme at Cardiff West Community High School, to support children and young people in Ely and Caerau areas of Cardiff.


The programme sets out to inspire children and young people to develop personal skills and positive attitudes to succeed in life.


‘Inspires’ supports participants engagement using the theme of football and supports secondary schools to keep pupils present and committed whilst encouraging others to re-engage with school life.


Guests – including Cardiff City first-team star Josh Murphy, observed a classroom workshop, practical session and engaged with participants on the programme to find out how ‘Inspires’ is improving their personal and practical skills and awareness of business and careers.


The ‘Inspires’ project is connected to the Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Kicks programmes.


The Primary Stars Transition project supports children with the transition from primary to secondary school, whilst Kicks provides free football and sport sessions for young people aged 11-19, as well as workshops on healthy lifestyles, employability and the dangers of violence, drugs and alcohol.


By running Kicks session at the school’s artificial sports field, the Foundation is able to offer young people a safe and trusted environment outside of school time.


As of August 2019, the percentage of persistent absentees in mainstream secondary schools in Wales is now 4.6%, at the highest level since 2013/14, with overall absenteeism remaining the same as last year at 6.2%.

Martin Hulland, Headteacher at Cardiff West Community School said:

We are delighted to be involved with this innovative project. Our partnership with Cardiff City Foundation helps us to energise and inspire our students to reach their full potential using the power of sport and teamwork.


Foundation Director, Gavin Hawkey said:


As a leading sport for development charity in South Wales, we understand the impact the Cardiff City brand and the power of football can have on young people’s lives. Our new Inspires programme will support young people to develop the personal skills, knowledge and positive attitudes to succeed in life.


The Bluebirds Charity worked with over 23,000 children, young people and families in 2019. Using the power of sport, the Foundation helps children, young people and families live healthier, more active lives, improving education and employment opportunities and reducing offending and re-offending.


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