More than 700 young people will participate in this year’s Premier League Kicks Cup competition, the annual national event which showcases the Premier League Kicks social inclusion programme.
Premier League Kicks uses the power of football clubs to regularly engage young people in activity, with the goal of inspiring them to develop their potential, enhance their wellbeing and positively impact their communities to be safer, stronger and more inclusive.
Launched in 2006, the Premier League Kicks programme began in London as a pilot project between the Metropolitan Police and the Premier League. Now run by 69 Premier League, EFL and National League clubs, the programme enables young people access to sports facilities and qualified coaches. As well as the sports element of PL Kicks, the scheme has also enabled thousands of young people to find routes into education, training and employment with volunteering being a key component.
This year’s Premier League Kicks Cup will be themed under the ‘This is Everyone’s Game’ banner, so as well as the Under 16 Girls and Under 16 Mixed tournaments, participants will have the opportunity to join in with an accessible football demonstration encouraging equality and inclusion through sport. A total of 65 professional football clubs will be represented by the 90 Mixed and Girls teams on site.