Foundation Celebrates 10 Years of Kicks
Almost 60 Participants from Newcastle United Foundation Kicks projects travelled to Westgate to participate in a tournament celebrating 10 years of the Premier League programme.
Teams from Berwick, Walker, Gateshead Redhuegh and Murray House particpated with the team from Murray House taking overall victory! After the game the young footballers had the chance to visit St James’ Park to watch Newcastle United take on Birmingham City.
Kicks, which started in 2006 has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help hard-to-reach youngsters in some of the most high-need areas.
By engaging youngsters in constructive activities, including a wide variety of sports, coaching and educational and personal development sessions, communities across the region have been transformed with impressive sports participation rates and reductions in anti-social behaviour.
Kicks is funded by the Premier League, Postcode Community Trust, Byker Community Trust, Four Housing and Blakelaw Ward Committee.
Regan Graham, who coaches at Berwick Kicks said: “The players from Berwick Kicks absolutely loved coming down to Newcastle for the tournament. It was a great opportunity for them to meet young people from some of the other venues and to show off the footballing skills they’ve developed at the sessions! It was fantastic to get the chance to go to St James’ Park and watch Newcastle United play. Our group couldn’t stop talking about the experience on the way home and they’re really looking forward to the next tournament!”
Laura Wilson, Foundation Community Project Officer added: “Kicks has grown massively since I was first involved and it’s fantastic to see just how much of an impact it can have on our communities and the difference it can make to the lives of so many young people. Two of our sessional coaches first got involved with the Foundation through Kicks and now they’re a hugely valued part of our team. You can find out more about their story here’
“We’re so grateful to our funders, volunteers and players for making Kicks such a great project to be part of and for the success it has had engaging young people in our community.”