Burnley FC in the Community’s Inclusion team celebrated the end of the delivery year for their Premier League Kicks programme by hosting a football tournament at our Elite Training Centre, Turf Moor last Friday.
The tournament was an inter-satellite competition which meant that the most dedicated Kicks’ satellite sessions participants over the last year were rewarded by receiving a special invite.
Overall, 55 players (boys and girls) took part with the tournament being split into two age brackets – 8-10-year-olds and 11-14-year-olds.
The teams were split into groups and the winning team of each group were given medals. In addition there were four awards that were distributed across each age group, these included a Player of the Tournament trophy, a Goal of the Tournament trophy, a Fair Play trophy (for the most sportsmanship shown) and an All Rounder award where the winner was handed a brand new Premier League ball.
Whilst individual success was recognised, Community’s Head of Inclusion, Rebecca Robertson, was keen to indicate that the tournament was to celebrate the excellent participation numbers all year round.
“Every participant received a certificate and the presentations were done pitchside, giving parents the chance to watch their children come up and receive their award after all the games had finished,” said Rebecca.
“The general feel of the tournament was to celebrate a successful year of Premier League Kicks,” she added.
“We’ve brought various communities together who, without opportunities like this, wouldn’t play either with or against the people that attended. We made sure the teams were mixed up so there was plenty of integration and positive interaction.”
BFCitC’s Premier League Kicks programme has been a huge triumph this year, with over 1000 participants across the sessions!
If you are interested in the Kicks programme we offer then please keep your eyes peeled for information regarding our new sessions which start in September.