Participants from Cardiff City, Swansea City, Bristol Rovers and Newport County's Premier League Kicks programme took part in a South West Regional tournament to celebrate the commitment from the Premier League to fund the community programme for another three years.

 

This investment will enable more than 175,000 young people to access Premier League Kicks sessions across England and Wales by 2022.

 

Premier League Kicks gives young people access to free football sessions, sports sessions and workshops, providing them with opportunities, support and pathways to achieve their full potential. It sees club community staff working closely with young people and authorities in their local area, including South Wales Police to create stronger, safer and more inclusive communities.

 

Aimed at eight-to-18-year-olds, Kicks engages young people in positive activities through their passion for football, whilst also addressing topics covering everything from equality and inclusion to youth violence and knife crime.

 

Premier League support will see the programme grow so that 90 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs are able to deliver sport and education sessions in hundreds of local communities where projects are needed most. With a focus on integration, equality and inclusion, thousands of girls will be engaged, and clubs will deliver ever more inclusive sessions.

 

The Foundation has been running Premier League Kicks sessions for the past six years and has encouraged more than 3,500 participants to take part in positive activity.

 

Zac Lydon-Jones, Inclusion Coordinator at the Foundation, said: 

Premier League Kicks has improved the lives of young people from many different communities across South Wales since October 2013.

The confirmation for another three years will allow us to work in collaboration with our partners to ensure we can continue to build safer communities and help these young people achieve their full potential. 

 

Premier League Executive Director Bill Bush said: “The Premier League Kicks programme has been running successfully through our clubs and many across the EFL for thirteen years. To show our commitment to young people and communities, we are investing further to ensure its continuation for another three years, until 2022.

 

“Kicks is our flagship community programme and we are pleased that with the support of clubs and partners across the country, not least the police, we can continue to positively impact young people, providing them with opportunities and pathways that they may not have been able to access. Twenty per cent of current Premier League Kicks staff are former participants or volunteers, which goes to show how a long-term commitment can provide support and pathways for young people to better themselves, in turn allowing them to be a positive influence to others growing up in their community.”

 

The next three years of the programme will also see more targeted provision for young people requiring extra support. Working in partnership with Children in Need, the Foundation along with 47 other professional football clubs will provide mentorship and guidance to young people, inspiring them to realise their potential.

 

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