At Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, we believe in supporting young people. 

Our Premier League Kicks project brings together young people and partners such as South Wales Police and Race Council Cymru to create safer, more inclusive communities and reduce offending. 

By using football as an engagement tool, Kicks brings people together and breaks down barriers. 

South Wales Police and Police Community Support Officers regularly attend Kicks sessions to build relationships with young people. At a recent Kicks session, Race Council Cymru provided workshops to explore issues of racism and discrimination affecting young people.

Attending the event was 19-year-old Tyrone Cristo. Tyrone said:

I feel more comfortable seeing police at the (Kicks) sessions because people are less likely to cause any trouble, so it does make the sessions feel safer.

The Police should keep coming and interacting with young people, especially the younger kids so that they can build better relationships and the Police can get to know these kids on a more personal level. 

Foundation Director Gavin Hawkey said: 

At Cardiff City FC Community Foundation, we believe in supporting young people. 

We’re pleased to be working together with beneficiaries and partners to build trusted relationships and explore issues affecting young people. 

More needs to be done to build a more inclusive society. We need greater investment in youth support services and education activities which promote inclusion and celebrate diversity.