A group of participants from Cardiff City FC Community Foundation’s Premier League Kicks Project travelled to the University of Warwick to take part in the 2019 Premier League Kicks Cup.

Over 700 young people took part in this year’s competition, which showcases the Premier League Kicks social inclusion programme.

This year’s Premier League Kicks Cup was themed under the ‘This is Everyone’s Game’ banner, so as well as the Under 16 Girls and Under 16 Mixed tournaments, participants had the opportunity to join in with an accessible football demonstration encouraging equality and inclusion through sport.

The eight young people representing Cardiff City FC at the Kicks Cup have regularly attended our Friday night Premier League Kicks site in Ebbw Vale for the past 12 months.

The team were drawn in Group C, alongside the likes of Watford, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough competing against other young people from areas around the U.K.

Connor Evans, one of the Foundation’s representatives who attends the Bluebirds Charity’s sessions in Ebbw Vale Sports Centre every week, said: “This was a brilliant experience for me and the rest of the lads to represent Cardiff City. The facilities were great and competing against other Premier League and EFL Clubs gave the day a real competitive edge.”

“The sessions in Ebbw Vale are a good laugh. I enjoy the competitive side and just having something to do on Friday night. Having a league and being able to attend tournaments like this is a real attraction for a lot of the boys and girls that come.”

The Foundation runs Premier League Kicks in 14 different sites in areas of high need, with Ebbw Vale ranking within the top 4% highest areas of deprivation across South Wales.

Premier League Kicks uses the power of football clubs to regularly engage young people in activity, with the goal of inspiring them to develop their potential, enhance their wellbeing and positively impact their communities to be safer, stronger and more inclusive.