Sheffield Wednesday Football Club celebrated the 15-Year anniversary of the Premier League Kicks programme last Saturday, with over 80 participants getting involved.

The festival was held at the Concord Sports Centre and brought together community foundations of football clubs from across Yorkshire, including Sheffield United, Barnsley, Leeds United and Huddersfield Town.

 

Despite the weather a range of events took place, including a football tournament, indoor dodgeball and racism workshops, to celebrate the incredible work the Premier League community initiative has achieved over the past 15-years.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I am always keen to support initiatives which increase participation in sport and provide the positive role models which young people need.

“The Premier League Kicks programme is one such initiative; it makes a positive difference in the lives of young people, particularly those from high-need areas.

I was pleased that an event to mark its anniversary was held in Sheffield, and that so many different football clubs from across Yorkshire took part.”

90 football clubs across the Premier League, English Football League and National League deliver on the PL Kicks programme, that was first set up in 2006.

Anthony Bayou, Rotherham United Community Sports Trust, said: “Kicks has given us an amazing opportunity as a club to reach out and target young people in diverse communities and really address and provide some impact on anti-social behaviour and community tensioning around our areas.”
Over 175,000 young people will engage with the programme between 2019-2022, according to Premier League Kicks.

 

One participant for the Hull Tigers Trust, said: “I started going last summer and I’ve been going ever since. It’s helped me so much. I’ve got out of stuff like fights and problems that aren’t going to get me anywhere in life. So, the Premier League Kicks programme has really helped me and it’s really fun.”
SWFCCP wishes to thank everyone for attending and taking part in the festival despite the rain and snow.

By Oliver Barefoot