Foundation Launches Carrick’s Kicks
The Michael Carrick Foundation has launched its first Newcastle based project: Carrick’s Kicks.
The programme offers free football sessions to young people aged 8 – 19 in North Shields and Byker whilst also providing opportunities to learn leadership skills and complete qualifications that will support them in their future endeavours.
Carrick’s Kicks, delivered by Newcastle United Foundation engages young people in constructive activities, increases playing and coaching opportunities, breaks down barriers between the police and young people and aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the local areas.
The Michael Carrick Foundation has committed to fund two of the 12 sites delivered by Newcastle United Foundation, that see 2000 young people taking part every week. This partnership has been confirmed for three years and will see participants in Newcastle meeting and working with those from the Street Reds project that the Michael Carrick Foundation has also funded in Manchester, in partnership with Manchester United Foundation.
Michael said: “So many children grow up in poverty and do not have safe spaces to play football, meet their friends and forget about troubles they may be suffering in other areas of their lives. We are funding these projects to provide young people with positive environments and supportive role models that will help them to secure a brighter future.
“The aim of the Foundation is to give something back to the children who need it the most, and ‘Kicks’ is exactly the type of project we want to support with the money we raised at the testimonial last year.”
Kate Bradley, Head of Newcastle United Foundation, added: “Michael’s commitment to providing opportunities to the disadvantaged young people living in the same area he was born in and where he started his football career is really special. We are really looking forward to working with the Michael Carrick Foundation to engage even more young people and make an even greater impact with our programme as a result of this support.”
Michael’s testimonial raised an incredible £1.5m for his registered charity which will work with local organisations already delivering best practice within the sport, education and youth engagement sectors to deliver sustainable projects.
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