On Friday 12th November, we caught up with staff and participants of the Premier League Kicks campaign to highlight the positive impact of community sporting projects in their support for Children in Need.
The event to raise money for Children in Need was held at The Leisure Box where Premier League Kicks sessions are held across the week. Some of the activities included penalty shootouts, a crossbar challenge, and a keepy-up challenge.
Premier League Kicks runs across Burnley and Pendle, offering free football, cricket, and multi-sports sessions for young people who are aged between 8 – 18 years old across the week.
The sessions also include educational workshops for young people regarding local and national issues. The workshops are delivered by qualified BFCitC staff or external organisations and charities.
Young teenager Bilal Khan who is a regular participant at Friday’s sessions, told us of the social benefits of Premier League Kicks:
“It gives the young people in the community something to do. We can come here, make friends, and stay healthy. It allows us to stay away from a bad environment, instead, we are somewhere safe and that alone is great for our mental wellbeing.”
Kimberly Snooks is a Youth Engagement Worker at The Leisure Box and helps in running the Premier League Kicks sessions. Having worked with a lot of the young participants involved, she provided a great insight into how effective the Kicks sessions are:
“A lot of the young people that come here experience negativity in their social life, however this for them is a safe haven where they can play and make friends. By them coming here and utilising their energy on sports activities, they go straight home afterwards. However, if they didn’t have the opportunity to come here, they could spend their Friday nights doing things they should not.”
“We have built a great relationship with the individuals here, to the point where they now confide in us for advice and guidance, which is fantastic.”
This event was able to raise funds and awareness to young people who are less fortunate than others, raising an amount of £66.50
For more information about Premier League Kicks please contact our Premier League Kicks Co-Ordinator, Lewis Hickie, by emailing email@example.com or calling 01282 704716.