On bonfire night, Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Kicks team worked with Merthyr and Blaenau Gwent Youth Service street teams to keep young people safe, and to reduce anti-social behaviour.

Coaches from the Foundation’s Kicks project – a youth outreach project – walked the streets of Merthyr and Abertillery, speaking with young people and encouraging safe behaviour.

Through Kicks, the Foundation work closely with South Wales Police, Local Youth Service and Youth Offending Teams to reduce offending and anti-social behaviour. It’s vital that we collaborate to provide a positive influence in high need areas of South Wales.

It was great to have Cardiff City FC Foundation staff join our detached youth team working on the streets of Abertillery on bonfire night. We're pleased to have a strong working relationship with the Foundation to further support youth outreach work across Blaenau Gwent.

- Greg Morgan, Blaenau Gwent Youth Service

Traditionally, on the 5th of November, the Foundation work with South Wales Police to support the Operation Bang campaign, which seeks to detect and prevent anti-social behaviour.

Over the years the Foundation has run free football tournaments for young people in areas of high need, providing a safe environment and trusted experience. This year, due to the firebreak lockdown, the Foundation’s Kicks team could not provide a football tournament and adapted to ensure young people could still be supported. 

As well as providing street-based support on Bonfire night, Foundation coaches worked with Cardiff Youth Service on Halloween, speaking with 134 young people that were out on the streets, providing advice on staying safe.