The Arsenal Kicks team headed to Manchester for the 2018 Premier League Kicks Cup on Thursday, April 12, where 89 teams representing 64 professional football clubs took part in a six-a-side competition.
The Premier League Kicks Cup is the culmination of a season-long community programme which enables those who traditionally do not participate in organised sporting activities, giving them access to coaching, facilities and equipment.
Now in its 12th year, Premier League Kicks is delivered by 69 professional football clubs and has engaged 245,845 young people.
The programme’s aim was to give young people an opportunity to have fun playing football and to develop their skills and confidence through football with a view to creating safer, stronger and more respectful communities.
The Arsenal Kicks programme involves weekly football sessions in Islington, Camden, Westminster and Hackney. Football is at the centre of the programme, but the project aims to support young people off the pitch by offering a range of personal development, education and employment opportunities.
For information on how to get involved in our Arsenal Kicks programme, please contact our community development officer, Jack Ironside: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Perchard, head of community at the Premier League, said: “The Premier League Kicks Cup is an opportunity for young players from across the country to compete against and socialise with participants from similar backgrounds.
“Kicks is about connecting communities and inspiring people to maximise their potential, so I hope that everyone playing takes that on board, has a great day of football and makes the most of the great activities and opportunities available to them.”
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