BWFC First team players Remi Matthews and Adam Senior joined participants from Bolton Wanderers Community Trust’s Premier League Kicks session yesterday at Castle Hill Young People’s Centre 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 Greater Manchester Police, Bolton Council’s Play and Youth Service and Bolton At Home 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 more girls will be engaged, and clubs will deliver ever more inclusive sessions.
Last night, Remi Matthews, Adam Senior and BWFC CEO Emma Beaugeard saw how young people in Bolton have been positively impacted by the programme and joined in with the BWCT’s weekly Castle Hill session.
BWCT has been running Premier League Kicks sessions for over 10 years and encourages up to 3000 participants each year to take part in positive activity.
PSCO Mark Flannery from Greater Manchester Police said:
“Premier League Kicks is a brilliant scheme that we are proud to support and we were delighted to be invited to the Launch Event last night. Beth and all the staff at BWCT work really hard to offer a well-rounded and impactful programme, but more importantly it is the young people who attend sessions week-on-week that really help it take shape. BWCT really are at the heart of our community”.
PL Kicks Lead, Beth Warriner said:
“We engage up to 3000 young people each year in Bolton through the PL Kicks programme, offering positive engagement and pathways into education, employment and training. Currently 33% of our PL Kicks workforce are ex-participants or ex-volunteers, and we offer this opportunity to all young people who may need this extra support. BWCT’s PL Kicks programme would not be as successful as it currently is if it were not for the support of partners such as Bolton Council’s Youth Service, utilising their fantastic facilities in conjunction with their workforce. BWCT would like to thank everyone who attended our Launch Event for their support of the programme and for the Trust as whole”.
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, 48 professional football clubs will provide mentorship and guidance to young people, inspiring them to realise their potential.
To find out more about Premier League Kicks or to find a local session, head to www.bwct.org.uk/inclusion
More information on the national PL Kicks programme and its objectives can be found at: https://www.premierleague.com/communities/programmes/community-programmes/pl-kicks